Answers to VRAP Questions

The GI Bill experts from the House Committee on Veterans Affairs staff recently participated in a LIVE Question and Answer session to help veterans and program administrators better understand the new VRAP GI Bill.

The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP GI Bill) provides retraining and education assistance for unemployed veterans who are no longer eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits. VRAP offers up to 12 months of education benefits worth as much as $17,600 ($1473 a month) in education benefits.

View the transcript below:

About the Author

Terry Howell
Before becoming the Managing Editor for Military.com, Terry served 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate and aircrewman. In his final role in the Coast Guard, Terry served as a Career Development Advisor, where he provided career, finance, education, and benefits counseling to servicemembers and their families. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, Terry has authored the book, The Military Advantage, managed the content for TurboTap, the DoD's online transition program and VAforVets, the VA's transition assistance website. Terry earned both his Bachelor's and MBA at Corban University using Military Tuition Assistance and his GI Bill benefits to help cover the cost.

392 Comments on "Answers to VRAP Questions"

  1. Ralph Moerschbacher | June 4, 2012 at 5:34 pm |

    Another slap in Vietnam Veterans faces. It disqualifies 99% of Vietnam Vets and all Korean vets. We served not for the money but got kicked in the face again.

  2. Since I am one of the fortunate to be approved. Can I qualify for the VA student work study program?

  3. If my schooling doesn't begin until August 18th, do I receive my first payment at the end of July or the end of August?

  4. Anonymous NJ Vet | June 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm |

    Terry Howell ~ You might want to check your link to the VRAP GI Bill application website. IT DOES NOT WORK! Please provide us with the correct information when writing about this supposedly NEW VRAP GI BILL. A lot of us are just getting the run around.

  5. What was the justification to set the age limit to 60? This could be constued as age discrimination. I agree with the first comment that the VietNam and Korean vets are being left out.

  6. What if I am currently enrolled in school and due to graduate soon?

  7. namvet john | June 5, 2012 at 6:55 am |

    just another way of justifing there jobs. Showing your doing something. But for the most part these and other things they promote are worthless. Maybe a token fall through the cracks which justifies that there really doing something. Exsample howmany Vietnam Vets really made use of the GI bill verus how many were entiled. When I was dischared I had three children,try and go to school on what they gave you then versus what they get now.Good luck! flew did manage,very flew.

  8. I was approved for VRAP but was told I could NOT be paid for the summer.

  9. James P. Marchinke | June 5, 2012 at 8:41 am |

    Patience after applying does take around two weeks to get an answer, I am a DVOP and have helped five Veterans enroll through our resource computer, will get an email that Buffalo has received your application the next day, use the numbers provided to check if not heard anything after two weeks; 1-888-442-4551 and use patience and wait for someone to answer do not hang up after two rings; they will answer, Dvop from Maryland, western maryland, cumberland

  10. what is the status of my vrap application?

  11. I was told that I did not qualify (by the Nashville office) because I do not have a service connected disability. I did not see anything in the information to suggest that you had to have a service connected disability. Is this true???

  12. Ed Morgan | June 5, 2012 at 11:30 am |

    If an VRAP applicant is currently drawing Unemployment benefits, once VRAP is approved for them, will they still be able to get U.I. benefits while in retraining or will the Unemployment benefits stop?

  13. I am interested in a Master Gunsmithing correspondence course. Will this qualify for the program?

  14. Will transportation ve porvided for those who do not have it for school/training?

  15. More then once it was said in the question and answer time that they believed that you couldn't be employed while receiving VRAP. To the contrary the exact wording of the bill only says "as of the date of the submittal of the application for assistance under this section, is unemployed". Nowhere does it say you can't be employed after applying or while receiving VRAP funds. After all their stated definition of unemployment is "jobless, looking for a job and available to work."

  16. Phil Temple | June 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm |

    The VRAP regs also say that a vet must enrolled in training for a high-demand occupation; I want to train into the comuter graphics field. Is this not high-demand? It was while I was in the AF. I apologize if this sounds disrespectful, as I dont mean it to be. I'd just like some more info on how the whole thing works.

  17. gulfwarveteran | June 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm |

    This may be a dumb question, if we are to be unemployed and not working at the time we file our applications. And we got to sign up for the classes and pay for it pryor to getting a payment from VRAP. How are we to pay for the classes if we don't have a job or money for classes. I think there is a flaw in this procces.

  18. VA! huh……..Mmmmm. VARP is this a Republican ideas. Lets face it, we will be at war again if the presidence change hands. Then we will have more VETs that will earn benefits, but the Republician's will find a way to forget them. Look how they have treated the Viet Nam and Korean Vets. This VARP is shameful, Especially, to those whom have losted their benefits because of a "Law" that stopped these Vets from using their educational benefits while on active duty during the Viet Nam era….and then stopped them from using their benefits while in enrolled in high learning insitutions from 1987-1989. Shameful, Shameful!. No age limited should be placed on this benefit…..This just goes to show you Korean and Viet Nam Vets that they think you are to OLD to be productive.

  19. I am one of the fortunate to be approved. Can I qualify for the VA student Work Study Program while under VRAP. It would help alot financially.

  20. Help!!!!!! I am in Minnesota and I have tried to find someone to help me ..I have applied to the program yet no response ,no answer, nothing? Can someone please tell me where do I need to get an answer – help.

    Anna

  21. This bill truly discriminates against Viet Nam veterans and all older veterans. Are veterans over sixty of no value or unable to be retrained. Any idea why VRAP benefits are not available to veterans over sixty?

  22. alfonzomurray | June 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm |

    Today I recieved a letter from the Dep of vet affairs dated July 07, 2012 stating that the have recieved my request for Direct Deposit for Education Benefits and my next payment will go to my financial institution .Well is this telling me i qualify?

  23. I am an employment and education counselor and I have veterans that that live in ashelter and are trying to get there life back inorder but they will be requested by the VA social worker to leave our program because of the funding they will receive through the vrap. Is this supposed to happen. R they expected to use this money for acquiring a new apartment? What happens in summer when they don’t get payment? How do they pay for rent, food, and all their needs? I will appreciate an email back. I really don’t want to see anything bad happen to these guys. They have been through a lot already.

  24. If you are /have been a soldier/sailor/marine then you (1) will have constantly been looking for employment
    (2) are not looking for a handout (Union or Welfare)
    (3) have positioned yourself to represent your country and family as a self driven man/woman wage earner/provider.

    If you haven’t you are a disgrace to the uniform and all that Democracy represents.

  25. Paul Pilone | June 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm |

    I was going to use VRAP to obtain a pilot's license, but they said I can't use it to obtain a private pilot's license which is needed before a commercial license. can this issue be adjusted?

    Paul

  26. One question that I haven't seen asked nor answered anywhere is how the government is going to verify that the VRAP recipient is seeking employment? Inasmuch as that is a requirement of the program, that seems an important bit of information.

    Employment verification generally is a state's issue, and varies amongst the states. In some states, the job seeker must submit business name, name of person contacted and phone number of contact. Some states require 3 contacts per week; others require 7. My state requires 5, I think. But, this is all coordinated through the state's workforce commission. It appears to me that no one is coordinating much of anything between VRAP and the state's workforce commission, so I don't know how or who will be verifying that a candidate is seeking employment.

  27. VRAP says that I am entitled to benefits for a program of education in Computer Science/Computer Support Specialist. I am 8 credit hours away from an AS in Computer Science, and I am taking classes leading to an AAS in Convergent Technology, Computer Networking, Cybersecurity and other Computer Technology programs. Do I need to declare a change in program if I continue taking Computer Technology classes after I earn my AS in Computer Science?

  28. Ronald Streeter | June 8, 2012 at 4:46 am |

    It appears that I meet the requirements for the VRAP program. I have an AS in computer programming and an AS in database management. I'm looking to use VRAP benefits to get a certificate in Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). This is a one year program. I am knowledgeable about computer security/data encryption. What are my chances of getting enrolled with VRAP? Thanks

  29. My question is, are these funds Tax deductible or will I get some sort of unwanted surprise at Tax Time!!!!!!!!

  30. Sorry if this question has already been answered earlier, but didn't see it in a quick skim. One of the disqualifying factors for VRAP is "receiving VA compensation for being unemployable." Is that the same thing as receiving VA compensation for for a 100% disability rating?" If not (and I think it should not be the same), what does "receiving VA compensation for being unemployable" mean and how is "unemployable" registered in your records?

  31. Eugene Burgess | June 8, 2012 at 9:10 am |

    Does VRAP apply to service members who have been out of the military for over 15 years?

  32. Dear Sir, thank you in advance, I am very interested in you'll responce to all the questions of the vet's and less than someone's else it's nice to know other's questions but it is not clear who is giving the answer and is it the correct feed back, Thank you

  33. joseph diggs | June 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm |

    Theere are so many Veterans who are involved in some type work just to provide fopr their famalies. My question is how can they perhaps join this program (VRAP) ? The requirements are the Veterans must not be engaged or recieving any type of benifits even though he or she can't survive on their encomes?

  34. what about the sixty five and older vats whom nwwd to work.
    why can they hot get help and training ???

  35. tanksoldier | June 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm |

    What is the definition of: "Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program."? If someone has used up their GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill earning a degree but have been unable to find work, can they use the VRAP GI Bill for vocational training?

  36. David A DeGood | June 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm |

    Q: On the VA Form 22-1995, sections 2 and 3. 'Education Benifit to Receive' – which one actually applies to VRAP? 'How will You Take Trainig' – check all that apply?

  37. My HVAC classes are year round for 1 year. I have heard several people state they did not get payment during the summer. If you are attending classes in the summer, wouldn't you be receiving the monatary benefits of the VRAP program? Also, does the amount you receive each month differ with the amount your schooling costs? example: school costs $15,000 – you get x $
    school costs $5,000 – does your monthly check change? Thanks for your help.

  38. My HVAC classes are year round for 1 year. I have heard several people state they did not get payment during the summer. If you are attending classes in the summer, wouldn't you be receiving the monatary benefits of the VRAP program? Also, does the amount you receive each month differ with the amount your schooling costs? example: school costs $15,000 – you get x $
    school costs $5,000 – does your monthly check change? Thanks for your help.

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  39. I need to change my career path from electronics engineer to network engineer but have bad credit and have severe diabetes. I can no longer see the small electronic components. I can change computer monitor settings so that i can see the network settings and tasks.

  40. Jennifer Mark | June 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm |

    The deadline at my community college to apply for the high demand job was March 1,2012. Since vets couldn't apply for VRAP until May 2012, I have missed the deadline and can't start the program until August 2013. Will I get paid only until March 2014, or will I get paid the entire 12 months? If the funds are already set aside for VRAP, I don't see why it wouldn't be paid in its entirety.

  41. koldfushen | June 16, 2012 at 7:55 pm |

    I live in Seattle and am listed in the Veteran's database all throughout the worksource program and their Military assistance program. It is 16 June 2012 and none of these agencies knows DIDLY squat about this program and has Never told me about it. Could somebody please get me going in the right direction? Thanks in advance (koldfushen@hotmail.com)

  42. I am currently receiving SSD but I am interested in being re-trained. Do I qualify as being unemployed?

  43. Kevin Diggs | June 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm |

    I'm trying to get admitted into one of the schools that honor this program but, I don't know which schools in my area are accepting applications. I only have until the end of the month aand, I was hoping you could email me a list of schools in my area so I can apply? Thank-You / Kevin Diggs

  44. wiliam evans | June 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm |

    how do i fnd out staus of VRAP application

  45. I have received Cert of Eligibility for VRAP program and have applied for semester at a local Tech Inst. that begins on 8/08/2012 Two Questions can i receive Pell grant monies (i have applied for) while receiving VRAP funds? and Will funding thru VRAP be available at the start of classes or will i wait untill the following month

  46. wiliam evans | June 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm |

    how do i find out VRAP application staus

  47. wiliam evans | June 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  48. Any idea how many slots have been taken thus far?

  49. What are the Federal Income Tax Liabilities for a person receiving VRAP and Pell grant funding

  50. My question: I am unemployed, but "not on the books" as such because I left work to care for my dying father, who has since passed away. I do not qualify for UI benefits in NY as I left work on my own accord. I have been unable to find work (either over or under qualified) and want to get retrained thru BOCES. How will the VA verify my unemployment if I am not collecting UI benefits? Am I still eligible for VRAP?

  51. lisa sweeney | June 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm |

    i found the school and am enrolling what do i do next? classes start in Sept.

  52. I want to take an online certificate course (the title is listed in thier occupations) is that going to be OK? Thanks

  53. Where do you find online schools that accept the VRAP GI Bill?

  54. picturelady | June 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm |

    Hi everyone,

    I got a letter today and it told me they got my request, but they need my DD form 214 Member 4. I’ve already sent them my DD form 214, but I guess that isn’t what they want. Can anyone tell me where I can get one?

  55. I have been accepted to recieve education benefits for school under the VRAP program… I want to know while in school can I accept a job, because this program is for unemployed vets

  56. Do you have to be disabled vet to get VRAP?

  57. Does recieving this grant also entitles us to living stipends as with the new post 9/ 11 G.I. Bill?

  58. Does the VRAP bill also covers enrollment fees?

  59. lisa sweeney | June 25, 2012 at 8:23 am |

    does everyone get the total amount of $1473?

  60. lisa sweeney | June 25, 2012 at 8:43 am |

    do you have to go full time?

  61. What are the Federal Income Tax and reporting Liabilities for a person receiving VRAP and Pell grant funding does any one out there know ??

  62. mrantenna | June 25, 2012 at 8:46 pm |

    I guess they are forgetting that some of us veterans are over 60 and still trying to make a living. I see that veterans over 60 are not included. Geeesh maybe I was born at the wrong time. Anyway, I do have a job, not a great job, but pays the rent.. Maybe this is whats meant to be for us over 60 vets.. struggle thru till the pension kicks in in 2 and a half more years.. This is not the way it was supposed to be….

  63. Is there a move toward trying to get eligible persons to apply for early SS retirement ?

  64. I am eligible for VRAP benefits, but my school that I attend offers Bachelor degrees. I am going for my Associates degree in the HVAC industry (#151) will I be able to recieve benefits.

  65. roryfallon111 | June 26, 2012 at 11:22 am |

    Question for anyone Does receiving the initial letter from the VA acknowledging receipt of the application,.. mean that it has already gone through the Dept of Labor review?

    Everything I have read indicates that DOL has to pass it to VA or issue a letter of benefit denied. Any light that can be shed on this would be helpful, thanks

  66. I am a former federal civil service professional GS-09 who was forced to resign due to clear union violation issues. I chose not to fight the hostile work conditions and to resign. I have not found another full time job since 2000. Is it possible to regain a federal job after this time has passed? My status was career. I am a 30% service connected vet. When I complete the VRAP program will the dept. of labor really place me in a job, or is this just another vain promise by the democratic party? I am at the very threshold of dispair at age 59.

  67. If Fall classes begin the first week of August, when can I expect the first auto deposit of VRAP funds into my bank account? I can't very well plan a budget with the minimalist info presented in the award letter I received. I do not want to start a semester without text books… A student needs BOOKS to do well in the important few weeks of a course.

  68. GRANTS are not taxed. They are NOT income. VRAP is a grant and so is PELL Grant. They are NOT taxed because they are NOT income.

  69. Your unemployed status is verified by the VA through your registration with your local JOB SERVICE office. Go and register with them if you want the VA to be able to verify your unemployed status. The reason you left work is irrelevant to the VRAP qualification criteria. You must be unemployed, but looking for work and this is validated by your being registered at the Job Service office. You will be given an online job service system user account. Open this account as it is part of your proof of being unemployed but looking for work. Do it today. Don't wait.

  70. what does no more than 60 mean? Is it before I'm 61 or is it before I'm 60?

  71. Is the VRAP program separate from the Post 9/11 GI Bill program? I have transferred my GI Bill to my son, but I want to attend college also to obtain my degree.

  72. I am unemplyeed due to the fact that I had to quit my job and move back home due to my husband's job was not going as well as we had expected and it caused a lot of financial strain. I am now living in Montana, not collecting unemployment. I am a veteran, and I think I meet the qualifications. How can I find out what jobs are in demand in my area?

  73. gulfwarveteran | June 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm |

    I got my COE today in the mail, it only took 26 days from start to finish. My school and online course was both approved also. I didn't even turn in my DD214 with my request for Vrap, so I think that was fast considering. Maybe things are picking up, my COE came from the Atlanta, GA VA processing office. Just wanted to let you guys know what was going on and hope you have luck getting your COE.

  74. Received my COE Today 2 weeks and 2 days after I filled online. They called last Friday to ask me a question and told me then I would be approved. Every experience will be different I guess……

  75. John Berryhill | June 29, 2012 at 1:26 am |

    I applied withing hours of the opening of the VONAPP allowing us to do so, got confirmation that my application was "downloaded" in Buffalo, but I have still heard nothing. I have written to VA several times with questions about school approval and status of my application. Nothing. I am still qualified as I am still unemployed, there would never be a better time for me to get trained as I could do the course work right now. We are days from activation of the program but still nothing. Who can get me one answer as to the status of my application? I am living in the Philippines so calling a hotline and holding is NOT a possibility, I don't have the money for the call. Anyone?

  76. I am a vet who recently applied for VRAP benefits and was approved. I applied on May 15th and received my approval letter the second week of June. I had a friend whose spouse applied and the question was raised about receiving a book allowance for books. The way I understand, you pay for everything from tuition, books and supplies from your monthly payment. Was my answer correct?

  77. I received a letter from the VA stating my next payment will go direct deposit, (I have not received any payment yet) does this mean I have been approved for VRAP?

  78. Other problem I am having is finding a school that will allow me to get a loan, since I have a BA already. The BA is ancient, but it stands in the way of getting loans at a school that offers a 2 year degree or less. And, it also means I do not qualify for a Pell Grant. Some schools will not allow me to go back for a 2 year degree because of the AA and BA I already have. I found myself homeless and it has been a huge struggle to get any help because of like reasons I mentioned here. It can happen to most anyone. We all have our own problems of course. _Someone also mentioned something about a school that was working with them because they are homeless. I'd like to know what school that is. The system list all schools that are GI Bill qualified, but it does not break it down to the VRAP qualified. I have not found many.

  79. Can you tell me how to add something to this HIGH DEMAND list? Do you just ask if they will approve something or have to ask them to add it to the list? Actor and a handful of other jobs are on that list that just never hit me as being in HIGH DEMAND. Sure, I'd like to be an actor, but…. The health field jobs are fine, but just about all of them have requirements just to get to the point where you can apply, then after a long process you get put on a waiting list where you might get to start the program a year after you get accepted. That part was not well thought out on this program. I am grateful for the program, but there are problems with it. The only computer job mentioned when compared to ACTOR, is crazy. There are many computer related jobs that should be on the list. Game Development is one that has as good, if not better of a job forecast as Networking.

  80. It is summer and many instructors are gone until school starts. Other people that work in financial aid are gone on vacations. It is crazy trying to get answers. The website for this program really does not state much detail at all. I still have not got a clear answer if I can take online courses or if all has to be on campus. So far I have got YES, NO, and MAYBE. Sorry, but that really does not help when you call them and get 3 different answers. _Thank you and good luck to all!

  81. I have a question that nobody seems to be able to answer….I got my eligibilty certificate a few weeks ago, it says you must be ful time..but, the medical coding and billing certificate program is only 10 hours a semester so for me to do this I need to change programs…since I was approved under the medical coding and billing on my vonapp application, will it be a problem for me to change my program of study as long as it still is under a high occupany job?
    Also, I am unemployed…but, what if I begin doing something part time, like substitue teaching or something while I am in school, do you must remain completely unemployed the entire 12 months you are in school or are you allowed to do something like this?

  82. yolandus douglas | July 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm |

    I am a veteran o the Vietnam war. I am been told because i am 70th, I cannot
    benifits from the vrap program. Who do I call. I am currently enrolled at
    Harold Washington College Chicago.

  83. http://benefits.va.gov/vow/docs/VRAP_FAQ.pdf

    States that only community colleges (which are 2-year associates or certificates) and technical schools qualify for this program.

    If anyone has been able to get an associates degree from a 4-year university to qualify, please state in a reply.
    http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm

    Gives a running total of the VRAP applications received by the VA

  84. I am 24 and my dad is trying to transfere his benefits to me, they are saying I am not eligible becuase I was not in DEER before I turned 21. This is due to the fact the Bill for post 9/11 was issued after I turned 21. DOes anyone know if there is a way around this to stil get benefits. becuase I am still within qualifications, im still his child and under 26…..

  85. REPUBLICAN1964 | July 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm |

    The VA is notorious for creating worthless programs. How many veterans will actually get a job when they complete the VRAP? We need jobs not programs that dodge the problem. The VRAP is not going to buy food or pay the bills. This program benefits the colleges and universities right now. Why can’t the VA create programs that put income in unemployed veteran’s pockets directly? The VA wastes billions of dollars doing everything except helping veterans directly.

  86. My school starts August 20th, will payment be prorated for that month? If it is I dont think its fair becuase I have to pay for tuituion, books, etc out of my own pocket.

  87. HARRD53551 | July 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm |

    I've been approved for VRAP, I received my certificate of eligibility dated June 25. I applied for Practical Nursing program, however, the school (and all the other schools in this area) has a long waiting list for nursing programs so I would like to change my program to IT-Help Desk Support Specialist, which is a One-Year Technical Diploma program offered by the same school as I was approved for. How do I go about changing my program with VRAP. It's still for a high demand job.

  88. A veteran does not stop being a veteran after he is 60 years old.So why the cut off at 60 years old.Before 9/11 there were no hero's now after 9/11 eveybody who serve is a hero as through those of us who serve before 9/11 didn't serve the same Country.
    Go figure.

  89. My dilema, Please help. I live in St. George Utah, we do not have community colleges or traditional tech schools. Most of the schools here are part of a 4 yr college or mainly deal with demand jobs in this area which is mostly construction. The only "non" construction training is for Medical Assisting and that only pays minimum wage at best to start in this area. I am a single parent, non traditional student who sees no way to raise even myself on minimum wage. I have been searching for a couple of months, every since I found out about the program for something that meets the criteria….nothing in this area or online. If anyone has feedback, suggestions, ideas? please feel free to share them with me because I am at a loss.

  90. J.Johnson | July 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm |

    How do you get paid , once you are approved?

  91. I am being told by my local vocational technical educational facility that vrap will not pay for the medical billing and coding classes they offer because they are only offered online. Is that true? Will the VRAP program not pay for any online classes?

  92. Are we Veterans or not? Meaning prior service military… There is a lot of moaning and complaining on this page and it sound like a bunch of whining preschoolers. Get a grip! Stand down.. Either your qualify or you dont! This is an opportunity we didn’t have yesterday or ever before and every opportunity does not apply to everybody that is simply the way it is.. Every benefit didn’t apply to everyone while on active duty and I am not sure why everyone think it should apply now. Stipulations are here to stay! This is the first program I might be eligible for since my discharge in 1990. If by chance I don’t qualify. I must keep going as I have.. So must you all. Semper Fi

  93. I applied on June 7th and nothing yet, spoke to a educational rep this morning and she said it shouldn't be much longer, that's all she said….I also asked her about online classes and she said yes they ar eligible….I also asked her about payments, and she said the way it works is, you will certify at the end of the month and you will will receive your money within 3-5 days direct deposit……that is good to know…lol.. But I need my COE, because I am already enrolled in school for the month of july and I have made my first paymeny out of pocket…

  94. Jeffery Hammonds | July 11, 2012 at 3:22 pm |

    Can anyone clear up whether or not the tuition and books are covered with the VRAP program. I've read that it is not and comes out of the money authorized.

  95. I applied for VRAP. They denied me. Then they turn around and say that I am eligible. I was already in school for the summer term. So they turned around and denied me again because I am in school!!!! Being in school was never a requirement nor did it say when you had to start school. Every part of the VA process is time consuming and a headache. Then when you contact the reps, each one of them will tell you 100 different stories as if there is no regulation or training. Who would have ever thought that serving in the military would be easier than getting your benefits.

  96. Mr. Republican 1964, you say this program is a waste of time, then my question to you is why are you wasting your time with this program? My second question would be why haven't the "Republican party" that you so proudly represent come up with a better plan in the past 8 yrs? However, you moan and complain about a program YOU feel is a waste of time. I suggest you stop wasting your time and simply wait on your party of "NO" to find something to appease you.

  97. Michele527 | July 13, 2012 at 11:47 am |

    Hi everyone! Maybe one of you can help me…
    I started to fill out the form and my unemployment status was rejected. I've depleted my unemployment and remain without work (AKA- seriously unemployed!). I can't find a contact number and I called my state UE Veteran's Rep with no return call…

    Do any of you have a number/contact for me?
    Much thanks!

  98. I got a letter, It says " We are now in the process of deciding whether additional information evidence or information is needed ". When I signed up for VRAP I was at a Veterans job fair and I did not have my banking information or choice of school on the application. Besides the person who was giving the instruction on how to sign up said that information was not needed to apply.
    Has anyone else received the same letter & did I need that information to apply.

  99. I currently receive unemployment benefits and was just approved for VRAP. I am scheduled to start school soon utilizing the funds the VA will be providing. I am also actively looking for work as required to received the unemployment benefits. Question, what happens if I am offered a job after I begin school. Will I loose the benefits?

  100. So I am a computer IT person by trade and cant seem to find work. I dont have any certifications which is why I cant find work I believe. Most certification classes are about a week or so. Can I use this program for multiple certification classes?

  101. I applied for VRAP June 18th. Back in the spring I had inquired through voc rehab to open my case back up as I wasn't finding employment opportunities in my field and needed help with school. Initially, I was denied. "Already had degree in appropriate field." I appealed and am getting stalled by front office personnel. I finally got tired of waiting on the "one week" and went down today to find out the status of my appeal. The individual that came out of the office told me they "would help with employment." I told her that I had been unemployed for some time, have been in school, and am enrolled in the fall to go into Aviation maintenance. She told me I "wasn't eligible for VRAP if I was eligible for voc rehab." Hmmm. At that point I told her if my appeal is denied, as it initially is/was (?), then that would make me eligible for the program. Apparently, she isn't aware I had appealed? Meanwhile, I told her that I am returning to school and needed help with tools and expenses. I don't think she gets it. I also pointed out that there's another program of opening up voc rehab for a year to those that qualify, another thing she's apparently unaware of. I feel like I'm getting stonewalled by these people who may be offering great service to others, but I can't get a straight answer and there's no communication. For all I know I could be authorized for the VRAP at this time but it's apparently taking longer than the 20-25 days I had read was the turnaround.

  102. I suppose my question is: If I'm denied voc rehab, wouldn't that then make me quite eligible for VRAP? I really don't think that the voc rehab people know what they're talking about, and they certainly don't know how to communicate. If I've used voc rehab before but have been unemployed and am going to enter school in the fall in a technical field, wouldn't that be a qualification for VRAP?

  103. Andrew Livingston | July 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm |

    I recieved the much need letter stating that i qualified for VRAP…thank you. I have to situations…one im homeless..is there a stipen to get into housing before school starts? I would like to be situated before attending school, the stress is "killing me" Its sizzling in Denver.

    Secondly, i have an outstanding debt with another school and the they will keep a hold on me and keep me from attending another school until i pay them. Is there anyway to get assistance with the outstanding debt so that i can be clear to start school this fall?

    Third and lastly…i recieved my letter approving me for benifits and it has the wrong occupation or school training that i wanted …does it matter. I need a new letter stating Broadcast Tech. not Telecomunications Tech..how do i get a new letter?

  104. Concerned Person | July 19, 2012 at 11:46 am |

    For VRAP the unemployed requirement is not fair. I know a veteran who had to take a low paying job to keep food on the table. This is not even close to what he was paid before losing his original career, He has just signed up to get computer training to work in IT. Yet because he is employed technically earning less than he would from a year of VRAP while in school he is not eligible. For him he will have more money by quitting his job and doing nothing so he can get VRAP while going to school. You should not incentivise people to quit their low paying job like this. You should allow VRAP if you earn below a certian amount not just for unemployed you dont want to incentivise a person not to work like this.

  105. I recieved my COE from the VA. The program I want to pursue is a 1 year certificate program called hospitality management. Finding it impossible to find out if the program qualifys under High demand jobs as operations management. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Cant risk paying tuition and then not getting approved

  106. Does anyone with 10% disability gotten approve for VRAP? I haven’t received mines yet! Im worried they may deny because I maybe eligible for Vocational rehab…Please anyone enlighten me. Thanks

  107. Has anyone got approved with an O.T.H. discharge?I am at a job where my hours have been cut from full to part time.it should be a no-brainer to quit my job and apply is what my family is sayin.what do you think? Also my family depends on the lil money i do bring home. I should have some money left over out of my monthly benifits to make up for that right, plus apply for financial-aid and any other grant that i can i get.I should be alright rite?

  108. REPUBLICAN1964 | July 24, 2012 at 6:19 pm |

    I know exactly what you are talking about. My Voc Rehab counselor told me that he did not know what I was talking about when I requested to apply for the one year extension. Something is wrong!

  109. Here is my question that nobody can seem to answer. I have enrolled in classes, one requirement is to be a full time student. Well as soon as classes start, unemployment considers you ineligible for work so then I lose that income. So what good does the program do? I have talked to Illinois Department of Security, and cant get an answer from the VA, so my only option is to drop out before I start.

  110. I found two programs that i'm interested in, but they're only 8 to 10 weeks long. I was told that I can't use financial aide for the course. What gives ???

  111. Kappavelli | July 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm |

    I had 2 honorable discharges from the Army and an OTH discharge on my last enlistment. I received my COE for the VRAP at the begginning of this month. I started school and received a $600 book advance and got my registration/tuition fees defered until the end of the semester. Total Cost for 12 credit hours $1500 and that includes the book advance.

    However, I just received another letter, from the VA, after the school filed my claim for payment, that I needed to respond to the VA explaining to them the circumstances of my discharge. I literally dropped the letter and read it again. I mean they send me a COE then come back and ask me to show them why I recieved an OTH. It would seem that they approved and sent me a COE with the knowledge of my discharge. I called the VA and they told me that they are sorry that they understand my frustration after I explained to the VA that I was already in school because you approved me to go by sending me a COE. She read me a statement that read that the the program was for honorable discharges only, whichis much different than the requirement that VRAP states which says, that only dishonorable discharges were not eligible.

  112. How will they pay VRAP for certificate courses? I was told by credit, but the program I will take you have to take classes in order so the most a person can take is 3-6 credits…anyone know

  113. Is there a list of approved on line clases?

  114. How many college credits do u need to take in order to qualify for VRAP? I applied for VRAP and I already have the school that I'm going to or want to go to but the problem is that I was only able to register for 2 classes which equals up to 6 credits, all the other classes I wanted to take was full. Is 6 credits enough? Or do I need more? And how do obtain that if the classes are full?

  115. joey marquez | July 27, 2012 at 1:05 am |

    can my wife use the vrap gi bill for schooling

  116. I applied at the beginning of July and realize there's a good chance that I will miss the Fall registration deadlines for school and might have to wait until Spring 2013 to start my program. Should I try to apply for FAFSA to get in for Fall 2012 or will that affect my chances of getting VRAP? I'm turning down a not so bad job opportunity next week so that I stay eligible for VRAP, but I still need to pay my bills in the meantime. Been long term unemployed and picking up temp 8 dollar an hour jobs for the last year or so but haven't had one since March, now just odd jobs that pay cash to keep floating so I can still qualify for VRAP and not have a W-4 on file anywhere. Any advice? Thanks!

  117. how long does it take for the va, to send the first payment? to be in the program, you must be unemployed, and the school has been bugging me about payment

  118. do somebody receive a form22-6553d-1 to release your payment for vrap?? but the form say it a Monthly Certification of on-the-job and apprenticeship training form.

  119. Can (VRAP) be used with an apprentiship program.

  120. On the "High Demand Jobs" list, Airline/ Commercial Pilot is among the listed careers. I was approved for VRAP, but was told not for flight training. How can flight training not be an approved certificate, if it's listed as one of the jobs. I allready have my Private Pilot's Licence, and would fly with a part 141 flight school, in which allready accepts GI bill VA benefits.

  121. Im a late aplicant. I applied July 23 rd, on the 30 th I recieved a letter from ST. Louis office. The letter stated due to great number of application mine might be delayed. Like every one else I sit and wait, with classes starting in three weeks. Ill be able to defer most expenses until money arrives ,(if it is approved before Sept). Still hundreds of dollars of books and expenses cant be defered. Ive read all of the post several times, good luck to every one. I served 1979-1983 and am grateful this program came along. Im 51 this year and am going to take a two year ASE Automotive program. MY QUESTION IS HAS ANY ONE HAD EXPERIENCE WITH THE ST LOUIS REGIONAL OFFICE, AS FAR AS THE VRAP PROGRAM ,(TIME WISE)??? AGAIN THANKS AND GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE

  122. I just wanted to let everyone know that if you are short of cash for books that you can rent text books for the semester and even rent ebooks that you can download too for a decent price. You can even rent echapters for a couple of dollars too. So don't worry about buying books that you and I both know you probably won't keep after the semester is over. I found this all out after I enrolled and was looking for cheap text books. Just google "rent textbooks" and you will get several hits. I hope this helps because the majority of us will start classes weeks before we see any money.

  123. On their web site the VA did not say in their requirements to receive VRAP that you have to be a full time student. I am in the OTA program at a community college before VRAP was implemented. The semester is divided into 2 sessions at the college where i attend. I already completed 10 credits in session 1, how is the VA going to pay for the 2 credits I completed in July for session 2 which completes the whole semester?

  124. How long does it take after approval to receive funds?

  125. wilson rice jr. | August 2, 2012 at 10:44 am |

    I was told that if you owe a previous school or student loans money you are not eligible for the VRAP program. Is this true or not ?

  126. Where can I find a list of VRAP approved schools in my area?

  127. If the a training program under VRAP is less than a month long but cost more than the $1473/mo how much would the veteran be paid?

  128. 13thGeneral | August 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm |

    Many schools require Veteran students to pay tuition and fees in advance at the start of the semester – which in many cases will be well before the VA benefits are disbursed. And any request for advanced benefits usually requires 60 days notice before they can be accepted. Since VRAP is for unemployed veterans, how do they expect them to afford that?

  129. My experience with the VRAP program has been swift, so far. I applied late night sat July 22 ,recieved email on July 23 the regional St Louis office had downloaded my app. Monday July 30 th I recieved a letter from the regional St Louis office stating my claim might be delayed due to high volume of apps. Then on Aug 2nd I recieved my COE letter which school Vet rep needs to process. The vet rep at my Iowa Community College has not processed a VRAP app, but seems do know what he is doing. He told me to get him the COE letter as soon as I get it, which I did. He said it should be the same as the other GI bills. Does any one Know if the checks are issued on a certain day of the month???? Ive read that we do a monthly report on attendance on line or phone and are checks are issued the following month. I hope every one has a easy process also. I realy think it is the regional office and the luck of which pile our apps end up on.

  130. Anyone have a list or could tell me some online schools accepting VRAP and did you have to pay anything to enroll?

  131. Has anyone gotten a payment yet? I havre heard several differnt stories of when it will take place. Some say a month after, some say about a week after verification. The VA rep says he thinks the first payment is automatic and there after you would certify on a monthly basis. Just curious. Need to purchase my books for the fall semester; summer session is almost done.

  132. I start class on 25 august for only 4 days. should I NOT request vrap and pay for my own class for the time of august since VRAP is only going to prorate it? My school is for two years.

  133. Katherine M | August 6, 2012 at 11:57 am |

    FT status depends on the program you are selecting and the classes you need to take. The VA Services Rep at your school has a chart that converts their definition of FT to the VA's Definition of FT. The classes I am in for the fall converts to 3/4 Status for that semester. I need to add one more class to be considered FT to get maximum benefits from the VRAP Payment.

    I applied for VRAP in Early June, got my Letter of Eligibility dated June 13, and the college processed their part on July 31st. I'm hoping to get the last class I need to get the FT payment before the end of this month. Classes start on 8/25/2012. I'm waiting to receive my Letter of Acceptance from the VA (once they process the veriifciation I'm enrolled in classes).

    I wish my C&P Claim was as easy as this! I am month 27 from application date, and month 14 from decision date (denial)…and 3 months from NOD. VA is saying I wasn't diagnosed in service…but I got copies of my medical records before leaving service and they clearly state I was diagnosed…just hoping that if I win the appeal that I'll get retro pay back to application date, and not NOD date!

    Good luck everyone!

    PS…does anyone know if I can qualify for VA Medical once I receive my Acceptance in to VRAP?

  134. Does anyony know how many slots are left? I applyed 3 days ago, wonder if i have a chance?__

  135. I GOT IT!!!! Just received my first check. 1429.30. It was prorated because I started on the 2nd of July. The first payment was automatic(if your scool has certified you). The wave system lets you know when your payments will be issued. Good luck with all your endeavors. I'm on my way to the Bookstore

  136. George Perdue | August 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm |

    My name is George Perdue and I applied within hours of opening to VRAP. I still have not recieved my letter of approval and I am all ready enrolled for the fall semester which starts on 8/20/12. Don't know where to turn next. I have contacted Dan Coates office and will see if he can help.

  137. Does anyone know the requirement for what type of school it has to be. Can I use it for IUPUI. It is a branch of IU and Purdue in Indianapolis. I can't seem to find this information anywhere.

  138. I have submitted my VRAP and received my CoE for a program at a local Community College under a program there that qualifies for VRAP. This program is one that I have previously used my GIBill benefits for when I left service in 1995 and graduated with this program.
    I saw VRAP as an opportunity to take the classes that I was not able to take during my time there and also take some of the newer classes that has been added over the years since I graduated.
    The college is telling me they are not sure the VA will fund this since I already got the degree even though I will be taking new classes never taken before. Anyone know if the VA will pay for new classes in a program that I have already completed?

  139. Per my VA Rep you must be enrolled full time which is 12 credit hours. I just enrolled and had to register and pay up front for my 4 classes before the VA Edu Office would accept my paperwork. My classes begin on Aug 27th and I was told my first deposit will not be available until 30 days from Aug 27th.

  140. Jason Wiggins | August 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm |

    What happens if you gain employment while under the vrap benefits?

  141. I was approved!!!! I applied 7/19, and I was approved 8/09/12. I called to check my status today and I was told. My COE was mailed and I should hopefully receive it next week – Thank goodness b/c school starts 8/21, and I also just got my admission letter today as well. Off to registration in the morning. :-)
    To all those who are still waiting…hang in there and good luck!

    Oh! I also saw some questions on here about eligibility if receiving disability. Well, I receive at least 10% rated disability and I was approved. I also asked the rep I spoke to about qualifying if receiving disability when I first applied, and I was told that you probably won't qualify if you rec'v 100% rated disability. :(

  142. I have found the answers to many of the VRAP questions at a VRAP site set up by the VA for schools .

    Ths site is: http://benefits.va.gov/vow/docs/VRAP_Q&A_for_

  143. Hope Basoco | August 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm |

    I just got my award letter for the Fall Semester. (Different from the COE) Ready to roll!

  144. i fill out forms on the web site and got the certificate. Fact is the school i wanted to go to wants the money upfront and will not wait for the Va. I am out of work and don t have that kind of money… what can i do? ( legaly )??

  145. First I'd like to say this; I can't believe the amount of griping going on here. You're getting something for free, and still finding things to cry about. UNREAL! Secondly, I'd like to offer some suggestions for people who know they're approved but have yet to get a letter stating such. School is about to start August 20th. I called the VA, found out I was approved, and a letter had been sent, I waited impatiently a couple of days and still got no letter, so, I called the Dept, of VA education, and spoke with Brian, who promptly faxed it to my nearest VA svc. Office, (you have to find where they are, and what their fax # is yourself) which I picked up just hours ago. I'm using this letter to get a 60 day deferment on tuition and enrolling tomorrow for classes. Afterwards, I'll be going to my nearest VA regional office for a one time advance of up to $3000 on my education benefits that I've yet to receive,(this was started in 2009) so that I can pay the community college I'm attending, their tuition and fees. They'll take the advance out of my future payments, (which I don't deserve and just last month and all the years before that, was NOT getting)

    Please, Please stop whining about something you never had before, are not really even entitled to, and didn't even occur to you to feel that you deserved, until someone else brought it up. Let's stop being babies, and act like the veterans who served as adults at one time in our lives.

  146. I'm taking a correspondence course from Cleveland Institute of electronics for a AAS in Computer Information technology. Would I get the $1473/mo or less

  147. I applied 15 May and received a letter dated 11 June, 2012 stating ….."request received for direct deposit and my next education deposit will go to my financial institution." The last paragraph states "We will continue to send correspondence to your mailing address." I haven't heard from them since and of course no deposit. School starts 27 Aug and my books and supplies for the semester are well over 1200.00! I could use some information and really don't know where to get it. Can anyone help a brother out?

  148. Is medical billing/coder considered a high demand job under vrap program

  149. I'm looking for the VA approved online certification programs. There have been several I found "reputable" but they do not accept VRAP. I just want an online certificate program for Administrative Medical Specialist and/or Medical Coding & Billing+ Medical Terminology…can anyone help with that?

  150. Was wondering how broad of definition is "computer
    Support specialist"? Was interested in network security
    Or web design specialist.

  151. James A. McDonald | August 20, 2012 at 3:19 pm |

    16 Aug 20, I applied for the VRAP. How long will it take to get an approve?

  152. Wow! Two great minds thinking alike. Much love for you!

  153. I start class on 25 august for only 4 days. should I NOT request vrap and pay for my own class for the time of august since VRAP is only going to prorate it? My school is for two years.

  154. Can a 100% unemployable vet do the VRAP if he pays for his own tuition?.

  155. I was "approved"-this just means you are qualified for the program-receiving benefits is different-I have been informed it takes six weeks to receive your first disbursement after you have started classes-they must verify you are attending before sending any benefit-did anyone hear anything different?

  156. If I May Ask….After Reading These Comments I'm Wondering "Will" I Get Approved For The Vrap Program "Even" if I Didn't Send In My DD-214(It Stated On The App That I Didn't Need To Send One) & Would I Still Need To Show Proof Of Being 'Unemployed"?? Tim

  157. do we have to claim VRAP payments on our 2012 tax statement?

  158. Jimmy Watts | August 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm |

    I created this Facebook Page to share the information I compiled regarding serching for a school. I am a fellow vet who is also enrolled in the program. I am the first person left in the page's banner. Here's the link:

    http://www.facebook.com/#!/VrapVeteransRetraining

  159. Melis I wouild like to say I have not gotten anything from the Veterans affairs that I did not earn maybe it is free for you however I got the marks on the outside and on the inside I eraned this. So, if I feel like complaining I will if I feel lile fussing I will.

  160. Why wont it cover part time school? Trying to work (when its available) to keep paying my mortgage and then try to do full time night school…..nearly impossible. If I could do part time would be a HUGE help!!!

  161. Robson williams | August 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm |

    Robson williams—I retired on 1 March 1989, do I still have education benefits..?
    I went on active duty on 17 April 1967.

  162. This is about the most screwed up roll out of a program I have ever seen. First they send me a letter approving me for benefits but not for my school. The letter listed me as a Ms instead of a Mr because some data entry person appended my middle initial onto my first name. Next, I understood that Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla had gotten them to accept more schools because their criteria would have eliminated most of the schools in FL. Wrong, my school was turned down after the supposed fix because like most of the community colleges in FL they started offering a couple bachelors programs. It seems to be a case of good intentions gone all wrong.

  163. i read into the vrap and it conflicts with post911 gibill, it stated you do not qualify for VRAP if your eligible for post911 gibill. The question is what if your eligible got your certificate of eligibility for post 911 gibill and currently not using it, will getting VRAP void my eligibility in case I plan to use post911 gibill in the future after I've finished with VRAP?

  164. If I enroll in community college in January and complete the semester, but none of my required courses are offered during the summer, will I still be paid for the summer?

  165. don mccarty jr | September 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm |

    i started school in july , had registered and everything with vrap had been approved. 2months into it now with taking tests and eveything , i find out my school is counted as a vrap school so i have been disqualified under vrap and have to start over …reregister with vrap and find a new school according to the va rep i called to find out where my money was. when the vrap rules first came out no one could answer about online schools now considered distant learning schools under the new updated rules 8-22-2012. my question is why can't the vets already started in school that were previously ok'd be grandfathered in because they had already entered the system. now all the vets that attend distance learning classes are stuck with a contract they will not be able to afford otherwise.

  166. militaryveteran | September 5, 2012 at 10:14 am |

    How long from the date a VRAP application is submitted does it take to receive a qualification letter or status of a request? How to determine VRAP status… is there a phone number or website and to get that information?

  167. I just applied for the VRAP program I did not do an attachment where do I mail my DD214 section 4 to submit with my application?

  168. Anthony Walker | September 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm |

    Can I switch to another College and still keep my VRAP benefits?

  169. How long do you have to be unemployed? Does it matter? the time frame. I Just lost my job in July of this year.

  170. wii my vrap benefits cause a problem with my disability ssdi money

  171. Anthony Johnson | September 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm |

    can i use my vrep online schools

  172. Anthony johnson | September 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm |

    can i use my Vrep for A online school

  173. VRAP is a great way to get the training one needs to get back into the game for real this time. The Dept. Of Vet. Affairs as always are being swamped with work and sometimes it takes a little time to get what you need, but be assured you will get it. I would suggest that until you receive your first months allotment you follow the following directions:
    1. Request promissary notes from the institution for books and supplies.
    2. Most colleges will defer your tuition if you contact the Veterans representative at that institution. They know you are going to get it.
    3. Do apply for Federal Student Aid. you may qualify and believe me. If you do it will allow you to in essence keep all of the money from the VA. My Grant was 5,500 for one and 9,500 on the other loan. this is money that is being used while I wait for the VA.
    Be patient, It is a little slow, the administrative staff at VA are working on many other things for veterans, but you will be serviced.

  174. If you are approved for VRAP in month of September, but started school on 9-4-2012, when do you get your first monthly payment for school?

  175. My biggest complaint is how difficult it is to find a school in a rural area that qualifies under VRAP. All other veterans can use thier benefits at any approved college/trade/tech school, but this bill severly limits the available choices. My generation never recieved any GI Bill benefits for education. I've waited 33 years for his and am thrilled to have it, if I can find something in my geographic area. Being unemployed puts a damper on how far you can travel to attend classes. As far as earning it, damn straight we earned it. Think of the hundreds of thousands of vets getting full Montgomery GI Bill benefits ($56,000.00+) that never set foot out of the US, let alone serve in a forward area of operation. Any vet that served honorably and faithfully deserves educational benefits, period. Yes, I am finding it difficult to use at present, but I will figure it out and utilize it to my best interest.

  176. Dennis Kethan | September 12, 2012 at 11:36 am |

    Can we use the VRAP program to take individual classes or do we need to be working towards a certification?

  177. what happens if i fail a class while enrolled in vrap?

  178. Are you required to take Summer school while on VRAP (to be considerd as 12 months from start to finish)?
    If so, per my school catalog – 6 credit hours counts as full time during the summer (since classes are compressed). Will one still recieve the VRAP payments for summer school? or are you still required to take the normal 12 hours for full time to recieve benefits during the Summer session?
    If not (you do not go to Summer school), then I assume you would recieve benefits again in the Fall.
    i.e. can you break up your 12 months of benefits or does it have to be 12 months straight from start to finish?

  179. MilitaryVeteran | September 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm |

    I am interested in knowing if the Richmond School of Continuing Studies that offer certificate programs though affiliated colleges is valid for VRAP? The courses are online and facilitated by an instructor.

  180. Hi, my question is: after you receive your certificate of eligibility
    for VRAP Program,is a person allowed to work part time after they receive Eligibility Approval Letter or after they receive benifit letter? Thanks!

  181. I have been approved for VRAP in Construction /Technology. I was injured in a car accident. Can I change the program that I was originally approved for??

  182. How can i use the vrap for truck driving traing the course cost $5000 and is only 4 weeks long?

  183. Is VRAP pronounced vrap as in vroooom! or V-rap as in V8 engine? Thought I'd better get that right before I talk to the VAAAAA !

  184. I was approved for Aviation Maintenance Technology at My Technical College to get my A&P in July, Paid my Tuition, Bought Books and Required Materials started Classes 5 hours a day, four days a week on a 12 Semester hour schedule dictated by the FAA only to be told in a letter this week from the powers to be at the VA that my schedule does not qualify me for full time and they are not going to pay me for school. Its a great program for un-employed VETS if you understand that they are going to dictate how the schools schedule full time students requardless how other government agencies schedule and require their training to be done. Does anybody know how you get around that? Please let me know!

  185. I was approved for the VRAP program and have been attending school for 5 weeks now. I was told yesterday that I won't be eligible because one of my classes is a "pre-requisite". It''s still a class I need to get into the program, why does that disqualify me???
    Patrick

  186. I was already in school when I applied, but I haven't heard anything and its been over a month.

  187. Do you still get paid while on christmas break? Fall semester ends 12-15-12. Spring semester starts Jan 22. No pay during the break?

  188. What is the phone number to report your hours for the month when in the VRAP program?

  189. how much money do you receive from vrap while in school

  190. Are taxes taken out of VRAP payments? If so, how can I go about not having it taken out so I can file it on my next year taxes instead?

  191. I have a real concern about the VRAP program. My concern is, doe's anyone out there that has the approved certificate, can not use it because the certificate program that you qualified for is a sub-session course? (Example: Fall A&B, Spring A&B, Summer A&B; so you are not considered to be a full-time student). According to the facts about VRAP you must be enrolled as a full- time student and as far as I can tell, the programs that are full time are two year degrees, and VRAP will only pay for 12months and nothing more. Any comments on this would be most appreciated.

  192. How much of VRAP is allotted for educational tuition and fees; all of it? Is any of this educational benefit stipend for living expenses?

    I would like a link to a military based website that depict the standard percentages for tuition, books, fees, living expenses and travel expenses fir most GI educational benefits???

    Other sources, such as military.com, and ebenfits suggest that the VRAP program will have the same payment schedule as the Montgomery bill.

  193. I can see a lot of people are confusing the rules of VRAP with Voc" Rehab Program. THEY ARE DIFFERENT. VRAP does not require a "signed plan" per say like a VOC REHAB PLAN, merely initial verification from the School and then Veteran's does the monthly verification. The programs are different. Additionally I understand if you have at least a 30 % Service Connected Rating you can participate in "BOTH" regardless of "Front Page" list of requirements on the VRAP Announcement. . (I did also find this stated in a VA Publication). I have been approved for both but am afraid to ask VOC REHAB Counselor??? While waiting for Classes in Start next spring under my VOC REHAB PLAN, I would love to utilize the VRAP certificate. I have found that several local community colleges are not real familiar with VRAP let? Unlike VOC REHAB, instad off a counselor you have an 800 # to call for assistance. I got the very first wave of VRAP approval certificates and it was after (JULY) closing for fall term at both schools I was approved for? Any one eles in this situation?

  194. If I was forced to retire, cannot find other employment, 58 years old and honorably discharged from the USAF after serving 4 years from 1974-1978, am I eligible for VRAP?

  195. I am in school under the VRAP program I am having a ball enjoying my studies Paralegal Program a 2 year program but I will finish it in 1 year. God Bless all of Veterans we did good serving our country. USA. If you feel good about the VRAP program please just reply by saying Yes!.

  196. I am currently enrolled in the VRAP program awaiting my first check. I am taking computer support and networking certificate. Can I change my program as long as it falls under the same high demand technical field My current classes and program is in. I want to take a IT program to get my AA and not just a certificut

  197. I am currently getting unemployment and will start school soon. Will I continue getting Unemployment while getting VRAP?

  198. Hello, for every one who hasnt used the WAVE (VA verification page) yet. You need to google in the word wave, about the second entry will be for the VA site. It is simple to sign up once you do you can verify your attendance, check your payment status, and view a time table payments and checks are being sent out. For instance, this is my second month of attendance under the VRAP program. Late last night I was able to verify my September attendance. Attendance cannot be verified until the last day of the month even though friday the 28 th was the last day of school. Once days are verified you can go to the "LAST VERIFICATION' section and see that the verification has not been processed , it will be on the next business day. From that same page you can click on a chart that shows payment dates. It helps to know when your funds are comming. My time should be verified monday the first and EFT payments are to be issued on the fourth for that day. .

  199. This is my second month also, I just certified my attendance over the phone and they said my check would be deposited in 7-10 days!!! Not acceptable. I guess I will be calling.

  200. timothyedge63@yahoo.com, does anyone know what the deal is with a credited school or a a clock school. i have my certificate of eligibility for carolina bible college. i am told i can not receive benifits due to it is a clock school . the va ph rep says it does not matter . Can anyone email me with any thoughts or truths to this event

  201. can I enroll in a different school than is listed on my COE? I originally listed ITT Tech as my school on my VRAP application, but later realized I would rather attend a community college.

  202. How long does it generally take once your school verfies your enrollment to VA office? My certificate states that I will need to wait for my award letter, but I haven't received my award letter yet and another month has gone by already. I need to call in so I can get paid. Also, does anyone know if VA will back pay? I started school in August but since it's taking so long for them to process, I wonder if they will back pay me to when I started school?

  203. feliciadixon1 | October 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm |

    Even though I have been enrolled since 8/14, my school just certified my enrollment with the VA today. Do I need to do W.A.V.E.? Or will payment be direct deposited automatically for this first payment?

  204. Joseph Diggs Sr | October 2, 2012 at 7:28 pm |

    Does a Discharge desiginated as "other than dishonorable" qualify for "VRAP"? i suspose my questuion is; "OTH" other than honorable but not "DISHONORABLE"

  205. The VA website goes down allot. I tried to access it today to send a regulatory link. It can sometimes give me a complex… but I think they are overtaxed and very very busy!
    Keep trying!

  206. I was wondering Terry if you could expound on online schools and if a school is online does it qualify. I want to take a 6 month long online course with Ashworth and I am wondering if it is a qualified school insofar as the DOL and VA are concerned/

  207. Andrew Jackson | October 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm |

    Is there a wavier for older Veterans to apply, I'm currently enroll in school and my GI BILL 48 months have ended. Is there a VA loan to apply for ?

  208. If I receive vrap money, can I also receive a pell grant, and/or other money to use for education and not have it subtracted from vrap money?

  209. can a vet get astudent loan or pell grant and still get vrap

  210. walter g. hughes | October 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm |

    I am eligible and receiving VRAP, can I also be eligible for veterans work stud at north seattle community?y

  211. walter g. hughes | October 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm |

    i am eligible and receiving VRAP, can I also get veterans work study

  212. sharon watson | October 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm |

    I am vrap certified eligible. Will I get the benefit if I attend online full time in a vrap approved program?

  213. trying to confirm my VRAP eligibility…unfortunately, I can not get through to an operator at the 888-442-4551 number. I just get a recording that they are unable to take calls at this time. Is there another contact number?

  214. I'm Vet currently enrolled using the VREP Program and I think it's great that they thought about us vets that are not disabled. I’m fortunate not to have been hurt; however; still need help getting a job. QUESTION: As a non disable VET will I be eligible for (VR&E) Veteran Rehabilitation & Employment.

    I ask this question do to so many VETs that are exaggerate their claims to be for the (VR&E) program but it's only available if you're disabled 20% or more

  215. william clayton | October 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm |

    wclaytom I APPLIED FOR THE VRAP CERTIFICATION IN JUNE 2013 AND RECIEVED NOTICE OF ELIGIBILITY IN 27 DAYS FROM THE DAY I APPLIED. AND PRESENTLY I AM REIGISTERD TO ATTEND A MEDICAL CERTIFICATION CORRICULUM STARTING IN NOV 2013 AND THIS COURSE WILL END ON 19JAN2014. HOWEVER I INTEND TO ENROLL IN A CST COMPUTER CORRICULUM AT THE SAME PUBLIC COLLEGE .BOTHE COURSES TOTAL 9MONTHS OF TRAINNING AND I NEED TO KNOW IF THIS IS PERMISABLE IN THE VRAP PROGRAM.

  216. how can I get a copy of va form 1990r for my college

  217. Does anyone know of a VRAP approved ONLINE certificate program in Computer IT (Information Technology), "Help Desk" or "End User Support" program? These types of programs train you to become a software specialist and computer repairs. "Geek Squad" computer help and "Best Buy" computer Help Desk are two examples of employment possibilities.

    If anyone is interested, Central Iowa College offers a 2 year ONLINE Associates Degree in Computer Networking Technology, BUT this is geared toward business applications. I'm looking for "Help Desk" type training. I'm not sure yet If I can get this through Central Iowa or not.

    If anyone knows any VRAP approved schools that offer IT/Help Desk/End User Support training, please let me know.

    Thanks, and Good Luck Everyone!

  218. I applied for VRAP and was denied because I have One Honorable Discharge and One Bad Conduct Discharge. I was under the impression that if you have and Honorable Discharge that supercedes any other discharge. I have VA Benefits for Hospital. Why am I being Denied

  219. raptureready23 | October 13, 2012 at 9:21 am |

    Can you get direct deposit for the VREP disbursement

  220. Paul KImpel | October 13, 2012 at 9:39 am |

    I am an officer of the Veterans Advisory Board for Homeless Veterans in St. Pete Fla., and I gave the VRAP presentation to 60 Vets in our area when it was introduced in May.
    It has been a mess, no accurate phone answers, almost impossible to get through to 888-GIBILL1, did not get first payment until 8th week of class, etc.
    Here's a neat one: I was approved by VRAP and school (2-year tech school) for a 1-year Online course in Web Design.
    Suddenly, in the 8th week of class, the school's Financial Aid boss said that no VRAP students can be Online students; they all must attend class every day or not get paid.
    What a joke.
    Of course, this is illegal. What I think happened is the greedy school accepted everyone knowing full well they were going to pull this stunt as soon as I got my first VRAP payment, because then you cannot chnage programs or schools. Cute. I'm going to sue the school for fraud.

  221. I am an officer of the Veterans Advisory Board for Homeless Veterans in St. Pete Fla., and I gave the VRAP presentation to 60 Vets in our area when it was introduced in May.
    Congress set up VRAP so that the One-Stop Career Centers / Worknet would help with questions, and online help, etc.
    Sadly, when I went there, the Veteran's Reps were taking notes on what I told them. They used me as a resource for over a month, referring Vets to me. The reason I knew much more than they did is that they weren't given anything by VA to work with except a skeleton outline, and I'm a reporter with 15 years of professional industry experience doing investigatory journalism for the AP, NYTimes Cos', etc., so I do my homework.
    Triple-check all you are told by VA or anyone else, and then, really, I woul;dn't depend on it.

  222. I have received my letter stating that I have been approved, however I didn't not get accepted into the RN program and I now need to change my major to use the benifits. Do I have to notifiy anyone or just change my major at the school. My new major is on the list of High Needs Jobs so I'm fine there…any advice??

  223. can i use that vrap to become a pilot in san diego california

  224. sixstringthing | October 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm |

    ABOUT CHANGE SCHOOL OR PROGRAM FORM
    I have been approved for VRAP benefits. When I applied, I hurried and listed a Program of study (Medical Billing and Coding). Since I've been approved, I found something I would much prefer, Information Technology (Computer Training). The PROBLEM is filling out the form to Change Programs (REQUEST FOR CHANGE OF PROGRAM OR PLACE OF TRAINING – VA FORM 22-1995). When I start filling out the form, I find there is NO PLACE TO SELECT "VRAP" In Part II, "Education Benefit You Want To Receive". I finally found that the VRAP program is part of the "GI Bill", which is one of the choices on the form. My GUESS is "GI Bill" is the "Benefit You Want To Receive", but I am not certain. Has anyone filled this form out and know the correct way to fill it out? MANY THANKS, BEST WISHES TO ALL VETS!

  225. If I have already received a letter that says I am qualified to receive VRAP – I am currently unemployed – can I now seek employment while attending school and if employed still receive my VRAP benefits?

  226. Can you also fill out the FAFSA for a loan along with VRAP…..

  227. Do you still collect your monthly payment for Post 9/11 GI bill if you are collecting 70% from Disability?

  228. How long is it taking to receive the first payment from VRAP? I received my COE in July 2012. I started school on 8/20/12, and the VA received my enrollment certification from the school (via VA-Once) on 9/12/12. It is now 10/20/12, and I am told it is "still in processing" by the Atlanta regional office, and the VA has "no idea" how long the processing will take. The semester ends in early December, and I'm worried that the semester will be over before I receive anything. Does anyone out there have an idea how long the processing is taking to receive the first check ?

  229. I am unemployed and want to do the VRAP. If I do, does the monthly payout (almost 1500) must go to the school or can it be used to pay rent?

  230. Terrance Wise | October 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm |

    How do I go about applying? I have went to the portal and it is not working.

  231. Do I have to first be accepted for the school program before applying for VRAP ? Also the school program certification on campus that's 12 credits/full time is not eligible for FAFSA at the approved 2 year community college. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

  232. Florida Belle | October 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm |

    You don't have to be accepted first, but I'd make sure that it was a school I knew I'd be accepted to when you do apply because the VRAP application asks for the school you intend to attend. Not only that, the award letter from the VA can only be used at the school that you list. So it would just make things neat and tidy if you knew for sure that the school will accept you first. I don't understand your second question re the FAFSA, but hope the VRAP commentary helps.

  233. Whats the highest paid high demand occupation out of them all?

  234. I am 64 years of age and an unemployed veteran in need of tuition assistance for a certificate program. Will the VA consider a waiver of the age ceiling?

  235. I applied for a school that met the requirements for VRAP program, and the school does accept it, but I have not been given the status of my acceptance letter from Buffalo yet, and I signed on line on 9/28/12. I received my confirmation Number, but no letter for the OK to attend. Is there a number that I can call to find out if I have been accepted by the VRAP program for that school.

  236. VRAP is a huge opportunity for many of us, but the process has been a bit tricky. Information from both the VA and the schools can conflict or be incomplete. Neither seemed quite ready for us when the program began in July. Information was scarce, and difficult to find. I wanted to start a discussion for current and future participants to share ideas, discuss concerns, and ask questions. I also wanted this to be limited to VRAP since on many forums, I have seen the discussion turn to many other VA issues. I am hoping others will post their experiences, with the VA, the schools that they have encountered, and with the job placement. Please check out the link below, and pass this on to others trying to navigate the VRAP program.

    http://www.facebook.com/groups/vrapdiscussion/

  237. michael j enkins | November 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm |

    I started school about a week after i applied online, i was told i was eligible on line but i havent received the letter yet, my school has sent my confirmation to the VA. I have set up direct deposit it is the 3 of november. i can't log into WAVE because i haven't received benefits yet , what can i do now beside wait

  238. deleted9945156 | November 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm |

    I thank GOD for this website because I been going crazy! I left the Navy in 1991 while in boot camp after my brother committed suicide. I was halfway thru boot camp. I received an other than honorable discharge by court martial. If anyone has received vrap with a other than honorable discharge or similar circumstances please let me know. I applied for vrap on August 13th and haven't heard anything from the st. louis regional office as of yet.

  239. Ok I started school in the vrap program and picked a Business cirt program and it only takes 8 mths. What I want to know is that once I complete the program can I then use the last 4 mths to go to another semester to work on getting my degree in business or is it when I'm done with the certificate class and get that I can't use the remaing 4 mths

  240. deleted9945156 | November 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm |

    One of the vrap requirements is that you have to be jobless/unemployed. If you work at a day labor from time to time,( work today, get paid today, may not work the next day and the next day) is that considered employment?

  241. I want to apply for the VRAP/Vow to Hire Heroes program. I once had Montgomery GI Bill benefits that I unfortunately never used within the 10 years that you're allowed for using them. I think I meet all the other eligibility criteria for VRAP. So, would the fact that I once had unused GI Bill benefits make me ineligible for VRAP? Thank you!

  242. I need some advice, and assistance. My husband was approved for the VRAP in August, started school in August, and after a MONTH of trying to get the school to figure out which end is up paper work has been submitted finally to the VA. NOW.. Here is where it gets tricky. We are still trying to get it where he can certify and we can start receiving money. He started calling the VA around the 15th of Oct, because the school stated they had submitted it. Well, VA first told us they found it was filed under the wrong file number, and that they would fix it. So they told us it would be like 3 days for them to process and then 3-5 days for VRAP to process then we should be able to certify on Nov. 1. Well Nov. 1 came around, and NOTHING. They still don't have us in the computer, so the next lady he talked to said they had it but couldn't give him a time frame for processing, but to keep calling every couple of days and check in. So he called again today and the guy he talked to today said he JUST got it on 10/26/12 and it takes 4-6 weeks for processing. But that they will back pay us.

    Okay please don't take this wrong, we are grateful for EVERYTHING the VA has done for us, and for this opportunity. But my husband has been without a job for over a year, it was a decision we made for him to go back to school to get a better chance at getting a job. We thought the vrap money would help us with bills while he did that. But instead we have NO money from them, and he is going to school instead of having a job. This blows chunks!! I don't understand. Can anyone else tell me how long if you have gotten your money how long processing took?

  243. Rob Clifford | November 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm |

    I've been accepted into a heavy equipment program that will certifiy me in several pieces of heavy/construciton equipment. Unfotunately the course costs approximately $10,00.00 and is nine weeks long. The VRAP will only pay for the time in class which is $1,400.00. This doesn't seem right so I continue to pursue till I get better funding. Any suggestions or names of VA/Department of Labor chiefs I can contact.

  244. Joseph V. Cruz | November 8, 2012 at 1:50 am |

    I live on Guam and the only place that has a crain school certified by OHSA is in Hawaii or California can this program pay for me to attend this shcool to include traval and housing.

  245. Does the VRAP program accept enrollment at online study programs?

  246. I recently applied for VRAP program, do you have to be inroll already to start receiving payments, and who do call to find out if you got it or not, and how long does it usally takes.

  247. Is vrap allowence your money or do you.have to pay the school with it.

  248. I have received my certificate of eligibility for VRAP, I have a tentative FASFA for Pell, can I use a Staford Student Loan also

  249. I am really disappointed at the direction this has taken. I am in a licensing program to becoem a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a non-degree program to get my license and be employed in the Social Services field, specifically working with Veterans with TBI. My University is a Community College which has just recently added 4 year programs. How does this eleiminate it when it is on the list of approved schools? I have been turned down twice, someone help me!

  250. I received a letter from VRAP about the deposit info but not yet received a COE letter. Hope it is on its way. My FAFSA SAR shows I am not eligible for a PELL grant but may be eligible for other aid which I will be speaking to the school soon. My worry is I am living off my personal saving to pay for a roof over my head, food and bills which will last for only 4 months. I know going to school hopefully (Jan 2013)will help me get a job opportunity but will I be able to afford with loans available for school with no pell grant? I am sincere because I have no other choice but go to school. I have no employment benefits and have been out of work for over a year.

  251. is v rap a loan or a grant please

  252. When do we get our first check? do we need an omb number?

  253. Same here in Alabama. You can draw both unemployment and VRAP and going to school does not disqualify you from drawing unemployment…..

  254. whats the test for the Vrap

  255. Imam currently working on my prerequisites to get into the nursing program. Is anyone else doing this and still able to receive the vrap benefits? It is an associates I am working towards. Thank you!

  256. nancy rider | December 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm |

    Can a vet, who already has two years toward a bachelor's degree, use VRAP to complete the last two years of the degree?

  257. Do you have to repay the money if one class is below a C

  258. does anyone know if two of three classes are given a Z grade, which means a hardship grade, with documentation. Will tis vet still owe the money back, since they were enrolled and doing course work until the last day of class?

  259. are vrap monies considered taxable? Is there a possible fed tax liability?

  260. can I use VRAP in conjunction with another govermental program. If a person does what are the consequences. also, what is the form that a school needs to submit to prove I am attending their institution?

  261. what a shitty system u have. cant tell where 1 post leaves off, n where 1 starts

  262. steven Kelly | December 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm |

    I have register for class and my class star in mid January, When will I recieve my first check?

  263. steven Kelly | December 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm |

    I have register for class and my class star in mid January, When will I recieve my first check?

  264. I am in a year long program, but only received approval for the first quarter. I am attending a stepped certificate program at a community college – each quarter earns a certificate, but the Medical Assistant certificate requires a year's attendance. Is this normal?

  265. Does anyone know how long it takes from the time the school submits your
    certificate of eligibility to get the cash?

  266. Rod Matthews | December 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm |

    I know that there is an 18 hour requirement per-week for training. What are the hour requriements for the Holidays?

  267. If I am getting vrap, do I still get a check during winter break?

  268. How long do you have to use your vrap?

  269. concernedveteran | January 5, 2013 at 12:20 am |

    If I applied for VRAP in Dec 2012 does anyone know how long for me to get approved? School starts in Jan 2013 and I am hoping I can go to school…If you know the answer please let me…and once I get it will I get monies thru VRAP when there is a school vacation?? if so how much? If u are in school and u have been prorated during vacation plz give me and example of how much they prorated u…thanks

  270. concernedveteran | January 5, 2013 at 12:35 am |

    being that i am unemployed I owed $3,000 for income tax and for the process to get my taxes prepared, meaning it never went into the system (as the IRS tells me so they cannot give me a copy of any of my taxes because it has not officially been finished. Since i am unemployed where am I going to get $3,000 from? The school told me I needed this before I could apply for school. Also I need an approval letter from VRAP. Can anyone shed some light on this?

  271. i have been approved and accepted into the VRAP program, but am in the process of moving to another state in which the local college gives an orientation class before i can enroll. i've been notified that i'm in danger of losing my status with the v a because i am not acting fast enough. can i just enroll in a college that offers distance learning so as to not be held up in the red tape that the other college is stringing about? who in the v a would i talk to about my moving status. any help or advice would be appreciated

  272. School just certified my enrollment, classes have started, when will benefits arrive

  273. I am told by my college GI benefits clerk that I can only take the classes that
    are listed as required in the college catalog and that electives that are not listed
    do not count. There are not enough required classes in my major and because I already have my BA, I am hard pressed to find classes that are required for the AA program I am in. Does this make sense to anyone? Is this correct?

  274. Frederick Huston | January 14, 2013 at 2:12 pm |

    After clicking submit application on VRAP i received no conformation that i clicked submit…don't know if it went thru or not. How do i check.

  275. RUSSELL MOYE | January 17, 2013 at 8:40 am |

    DOES VREP HELP PAY FOR SCHOOL BOOKS

  276. Does the VRAP cover online classes?

  277. LAWALKER418 | January 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm |

    How do I change my direct deposit information? I changed bank accounts after making application for VRAP

  278. LAWALKER418 | January 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm |

    What if you are approved for Veterans Disability after you receive your COE?

  279. LAWALKER418 | January 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm |

    How do you change your direct deposit account?

  280. How can I change my direct deposit information on my VRAP application?

  281. HopingStill | January 24, 2013 at 5:56 pm |

    I'm certified by a trade school, never went to college before and am not yet enrolled! I *just* received confirmation of VRAP benefits & a notice saying that it'd be in my bank account (applied in October!) & now I'm freaking out. Had a bad falling out with my VA Rep, in process of changing him. Is VRAP only for degrees or can I implement my learned trade with another sort of trade school? I basically don't want to go into deeper debt trying to keep my head above the water. I thought it best to ask those who have gone before. Thank you!

  282. I am approved for VRAP and have start school already… I am default on student loan… Will they take my VRAP benefits to apply to default loan… I am still unemployed???

  283. Can someone please tell me one way or the other, if there are online courses that you can take that are approved through VRAP? I specifically want to pursue the Travel Agent industry and there is nothing in the local approved brick and mortar schools in my area that would get me into that profession. AAA offers online courses, and "The Travel Academy " says they are approved for VRAP. I have gotten so many conflicting answers…

  284. I was enrolled in a Community College and I had to withdraw because I underestimated my disability, which is Glaucoma with a cataract. So I had my VA rep withdraw me now he is telling me I will owe the VA but I thought you don't have to pay it back. I also plan on going back after cataract surgery. I was only enrolled for about 2 weeks.

  285. how much does vrap pay per day? with school started on the 22, im curious to know how much it will be

  286. Ralph Moerschbacher | January 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm |

    This Congress is pathetic. They put an age limit of 60 on the bill which leaves out Vietnam and Korean War Veterans. This is another bureaucratic fiasco.

  287. Does VRAP pay for tuition or is it only the monthly stipend that we are entitled to?

  288. I was unemployed when I was approved for the VRAP but haven't started class yet, I intend to enroll before the March 2013 deadline BUT I also just have been hired, am I STILL able to use my VRAP as approved ?

  289. TAX QUESTION: Does VRAP -Veterans Retraining and Assistance Program paid to veterans to attend tech school need to be claimed or is it exempt when I file my taxes, there is a Veteran Scholorship / Grant box on Turbo Tax and when I use it and put in the amount I recieved from VRAP I then Do Not qualify for the American Opportunity Credit which reduces the amount I would get back by $2,500.

  290. I am newly enrolled to the VRAP program and just recieved my certificate. Will I still get my benefits iin Feb if I verify my enrollment 1 day late?

  291. I notice that there is some type of monthly reporting done by the collage? to verify monthly attendance. How is it done if you are enrolled in an online course?

  292. If I submitted my paperwork,(Jan 17) to attend a particular collage, and then I find different one that offers a better program, do I have to resubmit my paperwork? Should I do it before I receive my approval letter? I need to get started ASAP..

  293. Is anyone else unable to Login online To W.A.V.E. Verify For VRAP?
    I have been attending school since August 2013 using the VRAP funding, and have to call the toll-free number to verify because the W.A.V.E. Login has only worked once – when I initially applied for funding and set up my account. I get my CRAP funds direct deposited without any issue. I've tried the "Lost Password/Pin" option, but it doesn't recognize me either. I've sent support requests, but they cannot reset my password that way. I suppose I'll have to call a VA Rep personally, but I was just wondering if anyone else was having problems.

  294. frustrated Marine | February 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm |

    I was certified for the VRAP program last October for the Fall semester at Mira Costa Community College, I was only paid from October to December, It was not retro active. I heard that all VA education benefits paid from the date you started school. Has anyone had or heard of anyone that had this issue with the VRAP program not being retro active?? Thank you.

  295. So I verified my attendance the last day of Jan. So when should the money be deposited into my account?

  296. How much does the VRAP cover for flight training? 60%- 100%?

  297. Veterans Education Lancaster CA just created a info-graphic to help veterans use their VRAP benefits http://www.lancastervaeducation.com/articles/what

  298. Since 12 credits means full time, how many hours is considered full time? My school requires me to attend everyday of the week in access of 12 credit hours (14 credits) to fill each day of the week to be considered full time since. I was wondering why would it matter aslong as I had the 12 credits a semester?

  299. can vetrans with a other than other get there benifits

  300. I started my first classes in January and then verified my attendance and that nothing about my school courses have been changed, and I was told I would receive my check with 7 to 10 days. When I got my check several days later, the amount was only for $1407.00. I thought I the monthly amount is supposed to be $1564.00? Also, I have heard that when the school is on Spring Break, that the VRAP does not pay for the week of Spring Break. I know for a fact that I will be working on my school work during that week. I also work on my assignments every weekend, How do the monthly payments work, and how do I see an accounting of my payment from VRAP and explainations for the amounts I receive?

  301. Vrap -set up to fail. the most inept government workers outside the post office!

  302. 01.) what is the average approval time from submission.

    02.) when I applied for graphic, I did not have a definitive school to attend…will this adversely effect a possible rejection.,.

  303. I was unemployed when I applied for VRAM benefits…if I get a job, will my VRAM benefits stop.

    AIRBORNE!!!

  304. I was unemployed when I applied for VRAP benefits…if I get a job, will I lose benefits.

  305. Can you do two programs at once? Of if you finish one before your twelve months expire, can you start a new program for the remaining months?

  306. I got the Homeless exeption here in florida which waives my tuition, I am receiving VRAp benefits, I was told that I would have to pay Vrap back if I am Exempted from tuition.I do use VRAP to pay for my books and supplies hwich are in themself expensive

  307. does anyone know what happens if your in the vrap program in school and you fail a few of the courses you are taking?

  308. I was told that by the Vet Rep at my school that I would not get paid for this semester because I take the wrong Psychology course. Now, granted I am taking the required full course load, because I have already taken the required General Psychology 101 course, I did not want to repeat it. No, the Psychology course I am taking is not in my curriculum, (didn't know until after my classes had started). I just don't understand why this would be an issue. I depend on the funds to get to and from school and pay my car insurance. I will probably have to drop out this semester if I don't get those funds soon. This is not good. I feel as though there are to many stipulatons after the fact. I am thouroughly disgusted with the whole process. Not only do I have to worry about school and doing well, this is an added stressor I don't need at this point. Any comment or advice would be appreciated…..

  309. I applied on my 35th birthday, February 17th. I called yesterday to check the status and I was told that they couldn't findmy application. I misplaced my confirmation # and was told to reapply. I did. But, this morning I found the original confirmation and called back and the rep. said that it didn't matter they would use the new application. My issue is he basically refused to even look up the original confirmation number. I tried to explain several times. I am already enrolled in school and this is just another set back as tomorrow is the start of a whole nother month.

  310. Also, I ws told sincemybirthday started after the semester that I would be able to receive payment for january. But, I am already behind, I may not receive a payment until April that will be a shortened prorated check. My question is, is there any type of way to request atleast the first partial payment and the second month in one payment to get the school paid and off my back?

  311. VRAP PROGRAM, I'm currently enrolled in the VRAP program and taking classes, I have been offered a temp job with a company, will my VRAP benefits stop?

  312. Louis Russo | March 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm |

    I started a course with ACOT and before the 7 day trial period I canceled the program, because it wasn't what I wanted and was told it was. So I would like to know is if I can find another school that has computer repair and trouble shooting that is accepted by VRAP, can I still use my approved vrap eligibility letter to take a course. And where can I find a school online that is accepted by Vrap

  313. Cathleen Lane | March 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm |

    I applied for my vrap benefits last week, I also started a school program at the same time. How do I find out my status of the application?

  314. Scott Proctor | March 5, 2013 at 12:02 am |

    If I get a job will I lose my benefits?

  315. Unfortunately, I find myself on SS Disability. I would like to be able get off that if possible. Even though I quailify, I would rather not be on it. But, being I cannot physically do my old job, I would like to explore the possibilities of getting trained for a job I may be able to handle. That is what brings me here.

    I have a couple questions:

    #1. Can a Vet that qualifies otherwise, but is on SS Disability, qualify for the program without affecting SS benefits (until re-employed of course)?

    #2. Can the same Vet, if he also is on the Supplemental Income for Wartime Veterans Pension, still qualify?

    Thanks a bunch for any answers or advice!!

  316. can a veteran still apply for program what is final date a vateran can apply

  317. Can I use vrap plus use another intern/training program without conflict?

  318. james paul | March 8, 2013 at 10:58 am |

    i am approved with the letter of eligibility from vrap. My school quarter won't start back up until May 21,2013. I need this money to live on now. I want to take advantage of my full 12 months. If I don't start nowit's like I just gave away $3000. Is there a way for me to start receiving my benefits now.

  319. I have my eligibility letter, direct deposit letter, all i place to attend collage in May. The only problem is getting my High School records. I finished my HS while stationed in Germany 1975. I have come up against a brick wall when trying to find and obtain these records. Anyone have any suggestions? HS diploma was from Frankfurt American HS. I have contacted them and no luck so far..

  320. I just enrolled in the Vrap. I think it needs to be extended. I have not received a payment yet because I have not completed a full month in school yet, however it is a much needed benefit to those that have no other options to attend school. It should also be extended to the full two years in order for Veterans to receive at least an associates degree. Just think about… all the entitlement programs such as Food Stamps, Section 8, and the like have no end date. All you are required to do is not be a criminal, but here it is the veterans are just asking for a measly 3 years max and It is really being considered????? It should be a no brainer, if the people in office are not working for you then vote them out and get the ones in that will!

  321. MJ Touvell | March 14, 2013 at 1:28 pm |

    My son is enrolled in VRAP. Has done everything required but the college refuses to send in the form requested by the VA so benefits can start. The administration says they are too busy processing claims and can't "put him at the head of the line." He will lose his certification by the end of March if they don't cooperate. He has tried everything to get them to cooperate. Apparantly this is an ongoing issue with the community college here in the Dallas area. He is starting to get very depressed. So frustrating. Where do we go to get help?

  322. My concern with VRAP is that 12 full credits for people who havent been to school in over 30 yrs is too much. I am drowning so are my classmates in VRAP most of us are over 35 but more like 50+years old.Its crazy…..

  323. Doug Anson, i have the same question as you. Is a person still eligible for unemployment benefits? One question asked when you call in to register for my state unemployment benefits, are you in school? Did you get a answer?

  324. jackiesmagic | March 24, 2013 at 3:57 am |

    Patience is the key word when you're a VRAP applicant. All veterans are adults with life experience and most are mature and well traveled, some are even well read.. I've skimmed through responses here and I can attest that I had similar set-backs and confusing conversations with college staff, vet reps and the like. They even give you the impression that if you tick them off.. they'll misplace your stuff. You know this if you've ever been on active duty.. you don't tick off the pay clerks and the cooks. Fact of life. The first thing I would say for any one who is just applying.. don't rely on VRAP funds to pay bills just yet. From start to finish, it took me ten weeks to get a first payment. My application got lost in the VA/VRAP system and I had to resubmit.. AND I wouldn't have know.. nor would they, had I not called to check on the status of my application. I came here looking for an answer to a question I have, but I can't read everything in this forum to get to it. So, I'll call the VRAP hotline tomorrow or Monday. Best of luck to all.

  325. jackiesmagic | March 24, 2013 at 4:08 am |

    Also… va.gov has the answer to so many of the questions that are asked here. It's a very easy read. For starters, anyone wanting to know if you can work while a VRAP recipient? You only need to be unemployed when you apply. A day later you get a job, and it's ok. My contract job ended Jan 18th, school started Jan 22nd.. it required it took focus and determination for me to line up my required documents, DD214, HS diploma, etc.. and find someone at the college to help you navigate the enrollment into classes that meet the criteria for a certification or 2 yr degree in a high demand occupation. That alone will make or break the deal!! This whole program is about high demand occupation.. not about getting a check for taking classes. If you approach this from that perspective you'll have success. It's simply not an easy straight forward process.. Get that through your head, you'll get through it better. I have a full load of classes and tons of homework, but I think I will post a blog article that might offer some insight to many.. go to jackiesmagic at blogspot dot come. Do a search for VRAP if it's not the first article you see. Again, best wishes to my fellow veterans and friends.

  326. duane posey | March 27, 2013 at 5:18 pm |

    i want to take a course at a tech school and i have been approved. I may have to go in for back surgery and have stop before I finish. is there any penalty for finishing the program.

  327. The three online schools I have found, with enrollment throughout the year, follows.

    They are all a little pricey taking between $800-900 a month out of your $1500(+), but I guess something is better than nothing.

    Criteria: VRAP approved, online classes, monthly enrollment, VRAP "friendly", monthly payments.

    Acot.edu
    Allied.edu
    Sessions.edu

    Thanks you all for your service, and best wishes!

  328. I have received conflicting answers from the VA as to whether an Associates in General Studies can be used for VRAP. I believe it would be applicable to high demand occupation as Sales Representative. Has anyone from approval letter/certificate of eligibility letter using Associate in General Studies as educational program? If so, what high demand occupation did you pair this with?

  329. Wade Smith | April 1, 2013 at 12:42 pm |

    i have this federal student loan that needs to be payed on or payed off in order for me to start school on this VRAP program. what can i do to avoid interference once i start.

  330. How is the amount given determined and will it be the same every month?

  331. I began school under VRAP in Jan 2013. I have 8 mos and 1 day left and a Use By date of 01 Apr 2014. Can I finish up my remaining months left on the VRAP anytime as long as I'm enrolled when the 01 Apr date comes around OR does it mean no money will be paid after the use by date?

  332. I will finish my first semester under VRAP in May. If I plan to accept paid training under my job that my company provides and will not attend a second semester under VRAP. Will I be required to pay anything back to VRAP? Thank you for your reply.

  333. How long must I have been in the military to qualify for VRAP benefits?

  334. How can you use all the benefits if I am two semesters into my program and during summer there are not enough classes or fall to go full time? Some classes are offered during these semesters for my program but not enough to go full time, that means I do not get the full benefits so how am I supposed to finish the program. Does anyone else have this issue? Please help?

  335. Debi Brockway | April 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm |

    How do you change what you want to go to school for? I was thinking of electrical engineering, but there are no reasonable schools around here.

  336. When calculating rent for veterans in a in a Grant Per Diem Program, can VRAP funds be considered part of their income?

  337. ??????????? | May 13, 2013 at 7:19 am |

    What is considered full-time during summer terms one and term two?
    How will VRAP pay for summer classes and the summer terms.

  338. can i receive benifits from vrap for going to school 3/4 time

  339. If approved for VRAP program will it effect my ssdi i have been getting ssdi for two years.

  340. if my school is only $2000 for the whole course for 10 months what do I do with the rest of the $1564 i will be making monthy payents of $50 though.

  341. John F. USMC | May 16, 2013 at 7:17 pm |

    I hope they extend the duration of benefits into 2017 because so many vets don't know about this yet or are not home from the war yet!

  342. Varen Crowther | May 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm |

    Hi… will they pay for math classes to get you caught up to college level math.. does anyone know?

  343. I would like to study a foreign language to become a linguist ultimately. Will VRAP pay for this endeavor?

  344. Tony Washington | May 28, 2013 at 12:55 pm |

    If I was approved threw the VRAP program for Commercial Truck Driving can I change my course of studies to Barber in Personal Care &Service Occupation

  345. timjeezik | May 31, 2013 at 9:55 pm |

    I am wondering if anyone has any information, good or bad, about the A.S. VRAP approved Network Admin concentration (Computer Information Science) offered from Everest Online? I have searched all over and I have heard great things and terrible things, no middle ground. Thank you.

  346. I am enrolled in online summer classes, will VRAP accept this as I am not physically in class?

  347. I went to cdl training for 4 weeks but I had to stay longer they said they would only pay for four weeks if the school send in for more weeks can I get vrap for the extra weeks

  348. I am new to the VRAP program. does anyone know if you are allowed to change schools and or majors?

  349. I have an associates degree, gained in 2008. I enrolled in the VRAP program in 2013. I want to transfer my credits to a university to obtain a bachelors degree, in which I would only need 54 credits to complete. I was told by the VA that was not allowed, because only up to an associate degree is what is authorized. I think this is absurd, as it would take 63-66 credits to obtain another associate degree. Obviously, when this program was THROWN together, considering the many flaws in it, did not contemplate, that their may be veterans with associate degrees. What such a waste. This program neds revamping

  350. Daniel Norman | June 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm |

    Hi…I am wondering if VRAP will interfere with my wife's disability. She receives disability benefits and they told her she has to report anything (moneywise). And is VRAP considered an actual income. To my understanding its not since it is not taxable and not a normal income. I am just wanting to clarify this and put my wife at ease about it. Thanks for all responses.

  351. I am currently in the VRAP program. I was told that I could not participate in the VA Work Study program while using the VRAP. Can I still participate in the Federal Work Study program?

  352. Rosalind Watson | July 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm |

    I am in the VRAP program and approaching my year in August 2013. I only got the opportunity to go Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 semesters. I am in a Human Service program for Substance Abuse and there are many classes I have to taken to complete my Associates or even get the certificate. The VRAP will no longer be in effect for me next month and I just started getting my feet wet and was doing very well with my classes and was maintaing a 3.8 GPA and met all the criteria for being certified while enrolled. I would be beneficial to the VRAP veterans to get at least 2 years VRAP so we can satisfy the course curriculum. This program is supposed to help unemployed vets and the priviledge is snatched away as soon as we get things rolling. R.J Watson

  353. I am a new student and have been approved fro the VRAP program. I have consulted the VA rep in financial aid. how do i check on the status of my VRAP payments

  354. What is a VA file number?

  355. F McK Sr. | July 12, 2013 at 9:19 pm |

    Can you attend two different schools at the same time (part time at one and part time at another, which would still make you a full time student) with Vrap?

  356. I had Facial eye surgery delayed by Drs at VA I had to quit AAS in coputer science online at community college in TN. Now after recovery almost over I found alternate school New Horizons in Knoxville that has exact program I've been looking for. Can I put in hardship/medical evidence to get hardship waiver to extend delimiting date-or extend elligability time due tyo Drs delay and finally farming me out to private surgeon. All answers wellcomed Thankfully God Bless Also will Congress extend program? Whats the buzz?

  357. Aside from the educational portion, is there a living allowance? I know the Post 9/11 benefits has an housing allowance.

  358. howard thomas | August 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm |

    If all classes I need for my major are not offered the same semester, I can get compensation for classes closely related?

  359. David M. Brown | August 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm |

    I entered the program last year and have completed all the requirement for a Certificate in Human Resource Management. Where do I go from here.

  360. I never saw this or heard of this program before and I've been asking colleges and veteran advocates about veterans educational programs for years. 1) Why aren't they offering a full 4-year degree to pre-9/11s and their dependents? 2) Why do older folks only qualify for FAST vocational training which is makes it unlikely to finish? 3) What if they have a service connected disability? 4)What if they have a non-service connected disability? 5) Can this be used again and again? 6)Can it be used for a year of a 4 year degree? 7)Where is a list of schools that will accept this? 8) Is the funding doesn't appear, is the vet on the hook for the full tuition? 9) How long will this program last- 1 year isn't realistic when the world demands one needs a great deal of education just to apply for a job. Not being sarcastic at all. If this was a clearly defined and pushed opportunity to obtain a degree that was feasible and in demand, there wouldn't be so many questions here. Please, point us to the link where these answers to these questions might be.

  361. David R Mckee | August 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm |

    We need to push for an extension to benefits VRAP. There is a proposal to extend to july 2014 by a congressman from Florida. I for example will have only used 9 months when April rolls around. the extra 3 months would get me through graduation. I am sure I am not the only VET in this situation.With no money i am not sure how to finish.Please contact you representative and senator's office. Let them know about the extension to Vrap. Ask them to support it. After all we supported them. here it the link and some extra info God bless all and good luck to my fellow vets // and some more info The VRAP Extension Act
    H.R. 562: VRAP Extension Act of 2013
    Summary: To provide for a three-month extension of the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. (More Info) https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/113/hr562
    P.S. Having been laid off for awhile I know it has been rough. Do this not only for ourselves but the guys who come behind us.

  362. Psykmike2014 | August 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm |

    I heard about VRAP from a vet who was in a secular recovery support group chatroom. Not from my therapist, case manager or the VSO. When I actually applied they were only approving 99,000 vets but only had actually paid 44,000. I am in my second month of training and have not received a check. Here's why, if you enroll in a school and decide that a different school is better suited to your needs, YOU MUST submit a VA form 20-1990R….( you can do this at VONNAP). If you don't, you will assume that your certificate of eligibility is good for the second school, when in actuality they (VA) must certify each school and you will not be paid. What is the money for? Retraining! What that encompasses is determined by the vet being retrained.

    Psykmike2014

  363. Is a veteran taxed from IRS on VRAP benefits?

  364. After the one year is up with VRAP and you need more educational benifits but do not qualify for voc rehap chapter 31 or post 911 what other route is available for veterans in this case?

  365. ReShay Drummond | August 26, 2013 at 11:27 pm |

    I enrolled in class went through the approval process but not sure exactly what to do next. I started in July didnt receive the certificate until August. What do I do now? My school already processed it and I received and email to the effect that what my school sent was received but no further instructions. And will I receive the receive the payment for July? HELP ME PLEASE

  366. Is VRAP considered income ?

  367. Are you allowed to work as an intern under the schools work base learning program while receiving VRAP?

  368. Frankie Hutchison | September 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm |

    How do you know if you get the money for v-rap for 8/26-8/29_I do not see in the wave that it is posted for me_

  369. My online school session ended for approximately two weeks and now I am back in school. So two months no schooling. What would be the dollar amount I receive in VRAP this month since my online school is back in session for the month?

    I believe the last day was Monday August 26 – September 11, 2013.

    Thanks in advance.

  370. a piece of work | September 18, 2013 at 12:03 pm |

    I'm under the VRAP program. I've been going to school since August, 2013 in construction. I am going to college at Midlands tech in Columbia, SC for a vocation (Construction/Welding), but I'm unemployed and I'm not getting any unemployment insurance (compensation). I need to pay my bills, but I would like to how long I have to wait until I get paid from Uncle Sam.

  371. I also got my GED in Germany while with the army in 78. the GED came from my home state however. Whatever your home of record was at the time may possibly be a good place to check for a copy of your GED.

  372. I have been unemployed since August 16, 2012. I started school at a local community college on January 7, 2013. I applied for VRAP on September 11, 2013. I have been paying out of pocket for school so far and have run out of money. Will I be able to receive "back pay" starting from January 7th when I started school or am I only eligible from the time I applied on September 11th since I have been unemployed the whole time? I have yet to receive a reply for my application but feel I should be approved since I meet all of the requirements.

  373. I am simply trying to figure out where I need to send my bank info to get direct deposit? I keep getting sent to sites that don't help. I have all the info I need for direct deposit if someone can send me to the page I need to be at to sign up.

  374. I graduated in an approved associate’s degree program from an approved college this past summer; I am now enrolled in a bachelor program. My verterans rep at my school seems to think I can receive VRAP retroactively for the semesters I went full time during my associate’s coursework last year. Is there any truth to this? I have received my certificate of eligibility, but I know this does not mean I am guaranteed payment.

  375. I am in a Vet. transitional GPD civilian owned non profit program. I am currently enrolled in VRAP in 3rd semester. I recently was informed that I had to pay 1/3 of my VRAP for program fees, Caps off at 503.00. While the past semesters/ VRAP fell under some kind of shelter & outside collections and was exempt from that . Now its not. Does anyone know about this issue ???????

  376. Do VRAP students get full paid with Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays off or is the monthly amount be prorated.

  377. Dorothy Hardaway | December 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm |

    I am attending a tech school in Columbia SC I am at the last of the program but the school is offing me tutoring as well as some other then class time. These are things that I can get for free on the internet. I cannot take the regular classes and chose the option to not take these classes. Do I have to pay for these classes?

  378. I had been informed through the VA that an extension is being considered; however, it hinges on the number of requests for extensions received by the Congressman in your state. We all need that extension so, find the Congressman for your individual state online, lookup VRAP, and send your message requesting the extension. Every one of our requests is vital to continue the success of the VRAP program.

  379. David Stamps | January 10, 2014 at 1:17 pm |

    I am starting on my associate program starting Jan.2014 but will have VRAP benefits expire Mar.31,2014. Is anyone else in this situation,and how can we help one another get an extension of thee vital benefits.

  380. Hi all, I am a neebie here. I hope someone can answer my question. I was accepted at a local technical college and am trying to use the VRAP for Spring 2014 but the Office of Veterans Affairs at the college is refusing to process my Certificate of Eligibility. She has had it since November 2013 and classes already started for Spring in January 2014. She says she is not going to let me use it and nobody can make her process my paperwork. I asked if she would speak to VA and she says they don't know what they are talking about at the VA Department. So she is just sitting on my paperwork and VRAP ends March 2014. I need that money. How can I get my paperwork processed? I went to her supervisor and to vice president of student affairs and they keep giving me the runaround, sending me back and forth to each other. I don't think they like processing it because they cannot control it under the regular student aid packet. Can someone please tell me the next step to follow because I tried using their chain of command but none of them will help me. They keep referring me back to each other and passing the buck. I have not done anything to these people and I was very polite and kind. Thanks in advance for your help.

  381. Does anyone know if this vrap will be available again after the March deadline, I just found out about it and according to the web page they aren't accepting and more applicants?

  382. Extend VOW to Hire Heroes, V.R.A.P., and the Wounded Warrior Act to help put our neediest veterans back to work.

    Petition to:

    1. Amend the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 to extend through March 31, 2016, The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (V.R.A.P.)

    2. Wounded Warrior Act to extend through 2016 the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide the same rehabilitation and vocational benefits to members of the Armed Forces with severe injuries or illnesses as are provided to veterans.

    The nature of these programs is urgent, as they are set to expire in March of 2014, underutilized, due to the current time constraints. Though introduced several times in 2013, shamefully, no real action has yet been taken by congress on extending these election year programs, so the neediest of our veterans can find work.
    http://www.change.org/petitions/u-s-house-of-repr

    Thank you!

  383. I am in the VRAP program and have missed the amount of days allowed for the semester. How will this affect my monies.

  384. Is anyone else having issues with Erie County taking their food stamps away because of the VRAP?

  385. Excel Learning center in san Antonio texas is forging signatures .they are not providing the education promised.I have been enrolled since may 2013 in a computer course.as of march 26 th we have yet to work on any hands on labs.

  386. EDWARD DINKLER | April 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm |

    HELLO: MY NAME IS ED DINKLER—WILLINGBORO, N. J.
    I have developed a much needed precision program for vets to be trained for a specialty job in the automotive repair industry. All vehicles manufactured in the past few years have safety systems to prevent accidents–IF PROPERLY CALIBRATED. I instructed I-CAR programs for over 26 years, teaching collision repair personnel the methods DESIGNED BY THE MANUFACTURERS. THESE PRINCIPLES DO NOT AGREE WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANY PRINCIPLES, THEREFORE MOST VEHICLES ARE RETURNED TO THE HIGHWAY READY TO PLAN ANOTHER ACCIDENT. In traveling all over the East Coast doing my training—I HAVE NOT SEEN ONE PROP TO PERFORM THIS PRECISION CALIBRATION. THESE CALIBRATIONS ARE ONLY DONE AFTER A PRECISION WHEEL ALIGNMENT—-NOT THE OLD–GET IT IN THE GREEN–THAT’S CLOSE ENOUGH. i HAVE APPROACHED EVERY OFFICE I KNOW THAT HAS V. A. POSTED ON THE DOOR AND HAVE FOUND NO ONE THAT IS RECEIVING A PAYCHECK FROM THE V. A.–SITTING AT A FANCY DESK IN AN AIR CONDITIONED OFFICE –WILLING TO DO A DAMN THING FOR A VET THAT NEEDS TRAINING. (SORRY) BUT–GOING THROUGH MY LOCAL CONGRESSMAN, AND GOVERNOR CHRISTIE–WE FORCED THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION TO APPROVE THE PROGRAM FOR VETERANS TRAINING. If someone can help ;me get a GOVERNMENT GRANT–TO BEGIN MY PROGRAM—I HAVE ALL OF THE EQUIPMENT I NEED TO DO THIS DAMN THING MYSELF—-MOSTLY I NEED A SUITABLE BUILDING. ANY SUGGESTIONS, PLEASE.
    Ed Dinkler

    I-CAR PLATINUM INSTRUCTOR OVER 26 YEARS.

  387. Ok another CATCH 22 or OVERSIGHT? The Letter I received said I was approved for 12 months of benefits. I started school at an approved institution in October 2013 and received benefits thru March 31, 2014 January 10, 2014 was the date in the next letter from VRAP and it said specifically that as of March 31, 2014 I had 6 months and 27 days of those 12 months remaining. Great I go to call in my school attendance for April 2014 on May 1 and there is NO FILE FOUND? I call Oklahoma the VRAP office and they say it's basically the fault of Congress? Impressive although not surprising. Yesterday The COC or POTUS said We will leave NO veteran behind? I'm without VRAP benefits enrolled full time in City College Miami and have a Federal Student Loan that unless I get the VRAP will make me homeless and have to through no fault of my own default on my FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN? Only in America

  388. Everyone excercise caution with VRAP program. This program destroyed my life. I done application which was easy. Got approved quikly then it became a nightmare and destroyed my life. First off it was great and I found school and was excited then while waiting for my paperwork to give to school for program didnt arrive. Then after checking on statis the said they will resend. Well approved in nov. going to start school in Jan. Yet no paperwork came. I live in Arizona, but all my info and paperwork was sent to arkansas with all my vital info for strangers was sent wrong 2 times. I checked my paperwork and my address was correct but they messed up. I missed start of school and now had to wait till summer as my 12 months already was 9 months was best I could recieve, before april 1 deadline to use. Over next 6 months haveing to be unemployed to get in destroyed me causeing me to sale everything to survive next 5 months. Then I got threatened to get in school because acceptance meant nothing if all spots are used while i wait then I lose out. I recieved paperwork in april and enrolled in program closer insteadof my desired program. THen i start school close by because had to sale vehicle also so school choice notpossable anymore. I take class for RN instead of pilot training. Summer was rough as I also am reqiured to look for part time employment. By july 31 was homeless and still trying so embarressed I lied about home situation. Then fall starts I am forced into classes available 1 at 8am ill 850, next at 11 till 2pm m,w,f and tues, and thursday 8-850 then 1 thru 3. THen found part time work as required and now school and work overlapped everyday. By 2nd week of sept. I was in bind. Lose job required and class has rule if 3 days mised you are dropped by school. Now I lost job and had 4 days missed in 11-2 class m,w,f and 4 days in 1-3 class tues., and thurs. I got classes dropped by school with W required to be eligible and not informed tham disquilified me. I kept in school till end in dec. soon after recieved letter I been disqilified now and must repay almost 6 tousand back and 1500 more to school. Latest letter to me said they will take out of my only monthly check from service conn. dissability off 255 a month untill paid. So thanks again for makeing my life better and more employable. what a laugh as of now all i got from it was 7 thousand in debt and tiny check for dissabilityt will soon be taken. Credit ruined , and school eligiblity gone, and tiny check they give to me willbe taken. Life totally destroyed. Since I was accepted I lost apt. respect from family, car I was sleeping in tha was [paidoff and now my check. VRAP destroyed my life . Thanks for nothing VA. oh yeah I have arizona va for medical to, another lost cause
    Glendale AZ. homeless now thanks to VRAP

  389. I used my VRAP for a certificate at a community college and finished it in Dec 2013. When I finished there was some money left over on VRAP but not enough to cover a full time semester. Even though they stopped paying in April 2014 I'm wondering what happens to any remaining money?

  390. Brad wonning | December 28, 2015 at 7:44 pm |

    VRAP WILL ALWAYS TELL YOU THAT THEY OVERPAYED YOU AND THEN GARNISH THE HELL OUT OF YOUR DISABILITY CHECK!!

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